The purpose of this paper is to investigate how Big Data can be used in project evaluations.
The study is based on literature research and interviews with 15 professionals in IT, project and asset management and government agencies. The authors discuss and illustrate what data that can be used for project evaluations and discuss potential obstacles.
New data is creating new opportunities to analyse a phenomenon based on different types of data. Interesting data categories include: internet traffic, movement-related data, physical environment data and data in organisational internal systems. The authors show how these data categories can be applied in project evaluations.
Big Data gives an opportunity to add quantitative data in ex post evaluations. Use of Big Data can serve as a step towards a stronger technology focus in evaluations of projects.
There are major advantages in using Big Data, increasing the opportunities to find indicators that are relevant when a project is evaluated.
The study illustrates how Big Data can be applied in project management research.
The study has been supported by the Concept research programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Olsson, N.O.E. and Bull-Berg, H. (2015), "Use of big data in project evaluations", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 491-512. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-09-2014-0063
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited