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The Danish agenda for rethinking project management

Per Svejvig (Department of Management, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)
Sara Grex (Department for Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 5 September 2016




The purpose of this paper is to analyze the similarities and differences between the Danish rethinking project management (RPM) initiative named Project Half Double (PHD) and the RPM research stream. The paper furthermore discusses how PHD and RPM can inspire each other in research and practice.


This is an empirical paper based on collaborative research between industry and researchers. PHD has developed principles and practices driven by industry consisting of ten leading stars and the impact, leadership and flow (ILF) method. The ten leading stars and ILF method are compared to RPM research. The comparative analysis is then used in a broader discussion about how the research-driven RPM initiative can enrich the industry-driven PHD initiative and vice versa depicted in a theoretical understanding of translations between global ideas and local implementations.


RPM and PHD share a focus on value creation, social processes, learning and complexity while PHD also focusses on lean thinking, agile thinking, front-end loading and leadership, which are largely topics beyond the RPM research stream.


The paper presents how stakeholders from Danish industry interpret the actuality in projects and how they want to move forward with a radically different project paradigm. This is expressed in the ten leading stars and ILF method, which is compared and contrasted to the existing RPM literature providing a foundation for further development of both RPM and PHD.



The authors would like to thank the Danish Industry Foundation for funding this work, and acknowledge contributions from Danish organizations involved in Project Half Double and Implement Consulting Group. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest regarding the funding agency and other parties involved in Project Half Double.


Svejvig, P. and Grex, S. (2016), "The Danish agenda for rethinking project management", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 822-844.



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