Benefits realization from projects: What areas in the project process are critical?

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Project management and benefits realization models tend to describe the project
benefits realization process through simple and linear models. Project management and benefis realization processes are however composed of much more complex and emergent processes that are di€cult to identify up front when planning projects. The consequence of blindly relying on linear and simplistic process models is that organizations do not realize intended benefits from projects. A more holistic approach to understanding benefits realization is therefore needed as a substitute for the existing process models for benefits realization from projects. The aim of the paper is to identify specific areas in the project process that are critical when it comes to realizing benefits from projects.
The paper contributes to the theoretical and practical debate on benefits realization from projects by providing a more holistic understanding of the benefits realization process – namely the contextual factors and critical points affecting benefits realization from projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe future of project management
EditorsJan Pries-Heje, Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationRoskilde
PublisherRoskilde universitet
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-87-88361-09-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Projects
  • Benefits realization
  • Reductionist approach
  • Holistic approach


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