A state transition approach to conceptualising research : the project portfolio management domain

Craig McDonald, Hamed Sarbazhosseini

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Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is an area of organisational activity that attempts to govern the selection and of management of an organisation's ICT projects. As a domain of study PPM is characterised by undisciplined diverse opinion as to its nature and a commercial approach to management standards, business literature and software support. In this paper we examine the use of the State-Transition Approach as a possible means for bringing structure to the study of the PPM domain. We demonstrate its effective use for the analysis of the literature, research question formulation, research design and data collection and analysis. We argue that PPM is an example of a class of problematic, complex phenomena of interest to the IS discipline and that an adaptation of the state-transition approach seems to offer a useful conceptual framework for research across that class.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2013: Information systems: Transforming the Future: Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
EditorsHepu Deng, Craig Standing
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australiam
PublisherRMIT University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780992449506
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Event24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS2013 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013
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Conference24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS2013
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