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Conceptualizing project team momentum: a review of the sports literature

Thibaut Coulon (Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada)
Henri Barki (HEC Montréal, Montreal, Canada)
Guy Paré (HEC Montréal, Montreal, Canada)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 28 August 2019

Issue publication date: 15 February 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop a clear and generalizable conceptualization of project team momentum, as well as a detailed and engaging research agenda on this concept.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review was conducted to achieve the study’s objectives. The review acknowledges the meanings that researchers in the field of sports have ascribed to the concept of momentum.

Findings

The paper develops a multidimensional (cognitive, affective and behavioral) conceptualization of project team momentum, as well as a conceptual framework that clearly distinguishes this construct from its antecedents and consequences.

Research limitations/implications

The paper encourages researchers to adopt the proposed conceptualization of project team momentum and to investigate the questions proposed in the research agenda.

Originality/value

The paper develops a strong conceptual basis for a concept that is highly relevant to, but currently not well-understood in, the project management domain. The proposed conceptualization is likely to contribute to the development of a sound theory of project team dynamics and project success.

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Citation

Coulon, T., Barki, H. and Paré, G. (2021), "Conceptualizing project team momentum: a review of the sports literature", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 270-299. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-11-2018-0263

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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