The relationship between project governance mechanisms and project success

Raymond Young (Department of Business, University of NSW, Canberra, Australia)
Wenxin Chen (Department of Business, University of NSW, Canberra, Australia)
Ali Quazi (University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia)
Warren Parry (LifeMap Research, Sydney, Australia)
Adrian Wong (School of Information Technology, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Simon K. Poon (School of Information Technology, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Publication date: 22 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Project governance has been linked to project success because top management support is necessary for projects to succeed. However, top managers are time poor and it is not clear which project governance mechanisms are effective for project success. The purpose of this paper is to address this issue and identify project governance mechanisms that correlate with success.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a quantitative study. A theoretical model of project governance was developed and tested with secondary industry data gathered from 51 global organisations and 66,817 responses.

Findings

The results found five project governance mechanisms (Vision, Change, Sponsor, KPI and Monitor) significantly correlate with project success and are effective at different stages in the project lifecycle.

Originality/value

Earlier research has found a relationship between project governance and project success but it has not been specific enough to guide top managers in practice. This is the first research to take this next step and identify project governance mechanisms that correlate with project success. One finding of this research that has particular value is the identification of when in the project lifecycle a particular governance mechanism is most effective.

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Citation

Young, R., Chen, W., Quazi, A., Parry, W., Wong, A. and Poon, S. (2019), "The relationship between project governance mechanisms and project success", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2018-0212

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