A Complexity Framework for Project Management Strategies

Albert Boonstra*, Cornelis Reezigt

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We examine how project complexity influences the choice of a project management strategy and present a framework that facilitates managers in selecting a suitable project management strategy. We distinguish the complexity of project domains from two dimensions, the degree of structural complexity and the degree of dynamic complexity, resulting in four generic project types. Four generic project management strategies are identified that match these project types. This complexity framework for project management allows key players to determine a better project management strategy and related practices given its content, the internal context, and the external environment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalProject Management Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8-Jan-2023


  • project diagnosis
  • complexity
  • project types
  • project management strategy
  • project practices
  • contingency theory

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