A Framework for Project Governance in Major Public IT projects

Eva Riis, Peter Georg Harboe

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The rising number of major public IT projects is mirrored by a growing research interest in the management of such projects. Both can benefit from a more complete understanding of project governance that should lead to a practical framework for project governance. The present paper proposes such a framework. It was developed from the literature on major and mega-projects, both public and private, that concern infrastructure, engineering and IT. The proposed framework for project governance comprises six major elements: governance structure, management approach, stakeholders, value, systems integration and complexity. Empirical research has identified a number of characteristics for these project governance elements. In the second part of the paper the framework was tested in a case study of the Danish smart card Rejsekort project. The framework was found to be robust, and that in this case important questions relating to stakeholders and dynamic complexity needed greater attention for the project to be successful.
Translated title of the contributionTeoretisk ramme for Projekt Governance i større offentlige IT projekter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProject Management for Achieving Change
EditorsJan Pries-Heje, Per Svejvig
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
PublisherRoskilde Universitetsforlag
Publication date20. May 2016
ISBN (Print)9788778674845
ISBN (Electronic)9788778674944
Publication statusPublished - 20. May 2016


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