Understanding project complexity from the perspective of a project manager

Sanjeev Sinha, Bimal Kumar, Avril Thomson, Saurabh Kumar

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Abstract

dependent on the cognitive capabilities (skill) of the project managers. The word ‘complexity’ is used in day to day life by project managers and practioners in the area of project management to express some characteristic of a project. However there seems to be no universally accepted definition Of the term project complexity in the construction industry. The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of the term complexity in relation to construction projects and measure it in terms of the cognitive capabilities of the involved human tesources. The findings based on interviews with project managers suggest that the project complexity is also dependent on the skill of the involved human resources beyond simply having a large number of interacting parts. The quantification of complexity highlights the role of the skill of involved human resources at its conceptual level which otherwise is in a fluid state. Secondly it allows identifying potential factors responsible for initiating complexity in a project known as complexity generating factors. Finally it may provide a basis for project managers for selecting workers that will help in checking overruns of time and cost.

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
CountryBangladesh
CityDhaka
Period9/01/1010/01/10

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Project manager
Project complexity
Factors
Human resources
Project management
Quantification
Workers
Construction industry
Costs
Construction project

Keywords

  • complexity measurement
  • managing complexity
  • complexity generating factors
  • project management

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Sinha, S., Kumar, B., Thomson, A., & Kumar, S. (2010). Understanding project complexity from the perspective of a project manager. Paper presented at International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management , Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Sinha, Sanjeev ; Kumar, Bimal ; Thomson, Avril ; Kumar, Saurabh . / Understanding project complexity from the perspective of a project manager. Paper presented at International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management , Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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2010. Paper presented at International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management , Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Sinha S, Kumar B, Thomson A, Kumar S. Understanding project complexity from the perspective of a project manager. 2010. Paper presented at International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management , Dhaka, Bangladesh.