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Try to see it my way: Towards a multi-actor perspective in the project owner-manager relationship
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Project management involves many different actors. Rather than solely looking at those actors as individuals, the interaction between them should not be forgotten either. This thesis tries to provide a better understanding of one specific type of interaction: the project owner-manager relationship. This relationship is approached as the dyadic interaction between one project manager and one project owner. Previous studies indicate that project owners and project managers depend on one another, but that they can have diverging perspectives as well. The goal of this study is to get a deeper understanding of how these different perspectives can influence the success of the project-owner relationship. In order to achieve this understanding, a multiple case study involving 8 project owner-manager relationships was employed. Both project owners and project managers were interviewed, in order to get closer to a multi-actor perspective. The results show that there are both similarities and differences between the perspectives of these actors. However, a lack of understanding between these perspectives can cause the project owner-manager relationship fail. In the end, the potential effects of this relationship cannot and should not be ignored, as this study shows that it can be the difference between project success and project failure. Therefore, in a world that is ever more dominated by projects, this thesis has multiple practical and scientific implications. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 65 p.
Keyword [en]
Project owner, Project management, Project interaction, Project stakeholders, Project owner-manager relationship, Principal agency theory
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Engineering and Technology Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19731OAI: diva2:822799
Subject / course
Industrial engineering and management
Educational program
Management of logistics and innovation – master’s programme (one year) (swe or eng)
Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-17 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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