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Assessing the Complexity of Large-Scale Engineering Projects

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Complexity, an intuitively understood concern for project management practitioners, is often associated with the difficulty of managing projects. The literature suggests that many contemporary projects tend to display the dimensions of complexity such as multi-variance, non-linearity and emergence. Researchers have also proposed multiple frameworks and methodologies to define, identify and measure project complexity. However, the adoption of these frameworks by practitioners is hindered by the lack of a reliable means to classify projects based on their complexity in a practically useful way. This paper aims to address this gap by proposing an approach to identify indicators of project complexity. This approach allows project managers to identify potential causes of complexity in the planning phase of a project with an understanding of the areas of vulnerability. Moreover, they would be able to foresee how complexity manifests during the execution phase of a project and act upon to deal with associated challenges through proactive and reactive measures.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Gautam, A., & Kiridena, S. (2019). Assessing the Complexity of Large-Scale Engineering Projects. In IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (pp. 149-153). doi:10.1109/IEEM44572.2019.8978512

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85079696856

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 153

Volume


Issue


Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Complexity, an intuitively understood concern for project management practitioners, is often associated with the difficulty of managing projects. The literature suggests that many contemporary projects tend to display the dimensions of complexity such as multi-variance, non-linearity and emergence. Researchers have also proposed multiple frameworks and methodologies to define, identify and measure project complexity. However, the adoption of these frameworks by practitioners is hindered by the lack of a reliable means to classify projects based on their complexity in a practically useful way. This paper aims to address this gap by proposing an approach to identify indicators of project complexity. This approach allows project managers to identify potential causes of complexity in the planning phase of a project with an understanding of the areas of vulnerability. Moreover, they would be able to foresee how complexity manifests during the execution phase of a project and act upon to deal with associated challenges through proactive and reactive measures.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Gautam, A., & Kiridena, S. (2019). Assessing the Complexity of Large-Scale Engineering Projects. In IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (pp. 149-153). doi:10.1109/IEEM44572.2019.8978512

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85079696856

Start Page


  • 149

End Page


  • 153

Volume


Issue


Place Of Publication