Top management support: mantra or necessity?

Raymond Young, Ernest Jordan

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This research provides evidence that top management support is the most important critical success factor for project success and is not simply one of many factors. The finding is justified in the context of the project management literature and the IS factor research on project success. There are implications for practice because it appears that the conventional technical and project management advice has less impact on project success than previously thought. Boards and top managers may have to personally accept that they have more influence on whether a project succeeds or fails.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-725
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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