Adapting Project Management Standards – Deriving Guidance from Reference Modelling

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vom Brocke, J., & Lippe, S. (2010). Adapting Project Management Standards – Deriving Guidance from Reference Modelling. Paper presented at the 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2010), Lima, Peru. (VHB_3: D)

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Paper in Conference Proceedings


Project management standards provide an inventory of commonly accepted processes and tools which claim to be applicable in most cases. Project success largely depends on the suitability of the project management method and thus requires an adaptation of these standards for specific project types and contextual factors. This can be supported through the development of detailed, re-usable guidelines on how to “customize” standards. The goal of this paper is to analyse the potential offered by the field of reference modelling for this purpose. Here, design principles support the transfer and extension of knowledge from a reference model into an application model and can in principle all be transferred into project management. However, this paper shows that limitations occur due to the current design of project management standards. This topic is of utmost importance for IT projects, as they are differ from more conventional project types and thus call for larger alterations.


The management of collaborative Information Systems research projects
PhD-Thesis, September 2009 until June 2014 (finished)

Today a major challenge in project management is the adaptation of commonly accepted conventional knowledge and practices to the needs of a specific project type and its characteristics. Despite the ... more ...


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  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair of Business Process Management