Tension Awareness of Stakeholders in Large Technology Projects: A Duality Perspective

Albert Boonstra*, Marjolein A. G. van Offenbeek, Janita F. J. Vos

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Abstract

This article analyzes the tensions evolving from project management dilemmas and how they relate to stakeholders in large technology projects. The study addresses an organization-wide electronic health record implementation in a large hospital. It adopts a duality lens in exploring whether and how these tensions materialize through stakeholder voices. In contrast to traditional linear and unitarist thinking in project management, duality thinking may lead to project management practices that acknowledge, appreciate, and accommodate the tensions originating from dilemmas inherent in complex projects. We propose three stakeholder roles that can contribute to project managers' tension awareness and inform duality management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-36
Number of pages18
JournalProject Management Journal
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • project stakeholder management
  • tension awareness
  • project management dilemma
  • duality
  • technology
  • electronic health record
  • ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORD
  • INFORMATION-TECHNOLOGY
  • STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
  • HEALTH RECORDS
  • IMPLEMENTATION
  • RESISTANCE
  • DIALECTICS
  • INNOVATION
  • HOSPITALS
  • SYSTEMS

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