Complexity factors affecting research and development projects duration

P. M. Molepo, A. Marnewick, N. Joseph

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Abstract

Research and development (RD) has become important to the survival and performance of many organizations in terms of market share, increased profitability, technological advancement and competitive advantage. Therefore, the management of these projects is crucial in ensuring that they achieve the project goals and objectives. However, due to their high uncertainties and complexities, RD projects are often beset with time delays that result in termination before achieving the project objectives. A case study was conducted on a RD project team in an engineering organization to identify the complexities of RD project management process and their impact on project duration. The results of the study show that different factors contribute to RD project complexity and the delay in these projects is due to ineffective management of RD project management process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference, TEMSCON 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728111391
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event2019 IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference, TEMSCON 2019 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 11 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Publication series

Name2019 IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference, TEMSCON 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference, TEMSCON 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period11/06/1914/06/19

Keywords

  • complexity
  • project complexity factors
  • project duration
  • project management process
  • Research and development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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