nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2015‒01‒14
seven papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Evaluating Infrastructure Development in Complex Home Visiting Systems By Margaret Hargreaves; Russell Cole; Brandon Coffee-Borden; Diane Paulsell; Kimberly Boller
  2. Determining the Success of Carbon Capture and Storage Projects By Dominique Thronicker; Ian Lange
  3. Seaborne Trade between South Asia and Southeast Asia By Wignall, David; Wignall, Mark
  4. The Structure and Evolution of Intersectoral Technological Complementarity in R&D in Germany from 1990 to 2011 By Matthias Brachert; T. Brökel
  5. Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) Are Promising Laboratories for Conduction Dissemination and Implementation Research By John Heintzman; Rachel Gold; Alexander Krist; Jay Crosson; Sonja Likumahuwa; Jennifer E. DeVoe
  6. An Analysis of 1-Year Impacts of Youth Transition Demonstration Projects By Thomas M. Fraker; Richard G. Luecking; Arif A. Mamun; John M. Martinez; Deborah S. Reed; David C. Wittenburg

  1. By: Margaret Hargreaves; Russell Cole; Brandon Coffee-Borden; Diane Paulsell; Kimberly Boller
    Abstract: This article outlines a mixed methods approach to systems change evaluation and offers a case study of how this approach has been used to evaluate the development of system infrastructure supporting the implementation, spread, and sustainability of evidence-based home visiting projects. The approach combined systems concepts (boundaries, relationships, perspectives, ecological levels, and dynamics) and qualitative methods (project site visits, telephone interviews, reviews of project documents, and logic models) with quantitative methods (a web-based partner survey to measure the projects' system properties and contextual dynamics) to assess how these system factors were associated with the projects' infrastructure development.
    Keywords: Systems Theory, Mixed Methods, Intervention, Research Evaluation, Case Study, Home Visiting
    JEL: I
    Date: 2013–06–01
  2. By: Dominique Thronicker (Division of Economics, University of Stirling); Ian Lange (Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines)
    Abstract: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is regarded as one of the most important technologies to mitigate climate change while providing fossil-fuel based energy security. During the past decade, projects in support of the development and deployment of the technology have been initiated across the globe. However, a considerable number of these projects have later been put on hold or cancelled. Currently, there is little understanding of what characteristics may have led to these undesirable outcomes. Using data on planned, cancelled and operational CCS projects to date, this paper aims to elicit technological, economic and policy characteristics that render CCS projects more or less likely to become operational. The results consistently find that confirmation of storage site and capture processes that are pre-combustion, industrial separation, or natural gas separation increase the probability of project success, while presence of a carbon policy and non-commercial storage of CO2 are negatively linked to project success.
    Keywords: Carbon Capture and Storage, Regression Analysis, Carbon Policy, Technological Change
    JEL: L51 Q5 H3
    Date: 2014–12
  3. By: Wignall, David (Asian Development Bank Institute); Wignall, Mark (Asian Development Bank Institute)
    Abstract: This paper examines the seaports responsible for handling the majority of trade around the Bay of Bengal and identifies the projects that will enable trade and contribute to improving maritime infrastructure. It reviews the nature, potential evolution, and primary types of maritime trade around the bay, and analyzes the ships carrying that trade. It also reviews the potential changes that would have a significant impact on trade patterns, with special consideration of the Indian East Coast Corridor study. The paper likewise examines the main ports on the Bay of Bengal to understand their history, regulatory regimes, purpose, capabilities, primary specifications, constraints, productivity, fitness for purpose when compared to other ports in comparable situations, and their opportunities to improve and develop. Finally, the paper develops strategic options through which the seaports around the bay can adjust and develop to support the evolution of trade. The paper provides policy recommendations on how constraints can be addressed.
    Keywords: bay of bengal; maritime trade and transport; port infrastructure and development; container ports
    JEL: F14 L91
    Date: 2014–12–25
  4. By: Matthias Brachert; T. Brökel
    Abstract: Technological complementarity is argued to be a crucial element for effective Research and Development (R&D) collaboration. The real structure is, however, still largely unknown. Based on the argument that organizations’ knowledge resources must fit for enabling collective learning and innovation, we use the co-occurrence of firms in collaborative R&D projects in Germany to assess inter-sectoral technological complementarity between 129 sectors. The results are mapped as complementarity space for the Germany economy. The space and its dynamics from 1990 to 2011 are analyzed by means of social network analysis. The results illustrate sectors being complements both from a dyadic and portfolio/ network perspective. This latter is important, as complementarities may only become fully effective when integrated in a complete set of different knowledge resources from multiple sectors. The dynamic perspective moreover reveals the shifting demand for knowledge resources among sectors at different time periods.
    Keywords: collaborative R&D projects, resource complementarity, co-occurrence analysis
    JEL: L14 O31
    Date: 2014–12
  5. By: John Heintzman; Rachel Gold; Alexander Krist; Jay Crosson; Sonja Likumahuwa; Jennifer E. DeVoe
    Abstract: Practice-based research networks (PBRNs) have a long history of conducting research in community clinical settings, demonstrating a possible approach to executing multiple research projects over time in broad and varied settings. PBRNs also are uniquely structured and increasingly involved in pragmatic trials, a research design central to dissemination and implementation science. We argue that PBRNs and dissemination and implementation scientists are ideally suited to work together and that the collaboration of these two groups will yield great value for the future of primary care and the delivery of evidence-based health care.
    Keywords: Dissemination and Implementation Science, Evidence-Based Medicine, Practice-Based Research, Pragmatic Trials, Primary Health Care
    JEL: I
    Date: 2014–12–01
  6. By: Thomas M. Fraker; Richard G. Luecking; Arif A. Mamun; John M. Martinez; Deborah S. Reed; David C. Wittenburg
    Abstract: This article examines the impacts of the Youth Transition Demonstration, an initiative of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.
    Keywords: Employment, postschool outcomes, program evaluation, group experimental, Disability
    JEL: I J
    Date: 2014–10–09
  7. By: Perica Jankoviæ (Faculty of Business Studies and Law, Belgrade)
    Abstract: Managing a project team is an everyday activity when managing a project realization. In order to accomplish efficiency at work on a project, it is necessary for all the participants in the project to be motivated and interested, focused on accomplishing the project. To the end of providing greater motivation of the project team for the realization of the project, the project manager should be very well acquainted with the needs and motives of the people he/she is managing and should find the way to provide their satisfaction. Providing satisfaction to the project team members is the only way to provide high level of productivity and creativity in work process.
    Keywords: project manager, project team, motivation.
    JEL: Z13
    Date: 2014–09

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