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Does one project success measure fit all? An empirical investigation of Brazilian projects

Marcela Souto Castro (School of Business, Universidade Europeia, Lisboa, Portugal)
Bouchaib Bahli (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)
Andre Barcaui (FACC, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Ronnie Figueiredo (Universidade Europeia, Lisboa, Portugal)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 2 October 2020

Issue publication date: 6 April 2021




The purpose of this research is to identify and accumulate knowledge on the existing developments on project success measures. The authors aim to contribute to this debate by providing both researchers and project management professionals with reliable contemporary project success criteria that permit generalization for a proper assessment regardless of the type and context of the project.


Data were collected from 264 Brazilian project managers from a range of industries, sectors of activities and business areas with different levels of experience. Data analysis was performed using the R software package.


In this research, the authors propose a general performance measure of project success where different projects can grade differently using the same scale. The data analysis validated five constructs of the developed model in the Brazilian setting.


Most of the actual project success measures used in project management literature have been tested in a specific industry or sector. Combinations of the type of project, industry, sector, project nature, stakeholders and other variables make each project unique. Thus, any effort to find a context-specific tool of measure will be an endless endeavor. To fill this gap, more general project success criteria need to be explored to offer a common point of comparison between projects. This is the motivation of the present study.



Castro, M.S., Bahli, B., Barcaui, A. and Figueiredo, R. (2021), "Does one project success measure fit all? An empirical investigation of Brazilian projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 788-805.



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