nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2015‒01‒19
six papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Methodological Aspects Of Project Techniques Selection For Innovation Project Management By Anna Iu. Iakovleva
  2. Planning an Open Cities Mapping Project By World Bank
  3. India's Emerging Connectivity with Southeast Asia: Progress and Prospects By De, Prabir
  4. Plastic Beach Utopia: Gorillaz’ Multimedia Concept Project In The Context Of Contemporary Popular Music Culture By Natalia Samutina
  5. Impact Evaluation of Development Programmes and Policies: Experiences from Viet Nam By Nguyen Viet, Cuong
  6. Public private partnerships By Miranda Sarmento, J.

  1. By: Anna Iu. Iakovleva (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: Project Management offers a variety of methodologies which provides managers with different techniques and tools to use during project planning and implementation. At the same time there is a substantial lack of systematized approaches to the management of innovation projects. In this article key factors in the selection of appropriate techniques in innovation project management will first be identified. Theoretical analysis of different project management standards and possibility of their use will then be discussed. In addition how the techniques can be applied will be investigated through academic paper analysis. This research makes a theoretical contribution to the field of project management by selecting and determining which project management techniques can be adapted and applied to innovation projects. Recommendations for practical application are based on theoretical findings of the research. These include two main factors, which are: influencing the choice of project management techniques and the structure of project selection process. The significance of the results obtained is confirmed by creation of theoretical knowledge, which permits to thoroughly understand and capture issues which may emerge during innovation project planning and implementation, through the use of established project management methodology.
    Keywords: project management, innovation, project management standard, innovation project, PMBoK, PRINCE2, ICB.
    JEL: Z
    Date: 2014
  2. By: World Bank
    Keywords: Education - Knowledge for Development Information Security ; Privacy Housing ; Human Habitats Private Sector Development - E-Business Information and Communication Technologies - ICT Policy and Strategies Communities and Human Settlements
    Date: 2014–07
  3. By: De, Prabir (Asian Development Bank Institute)
    Abstract: Connectivity is the key building block of convergence and cohesion in any regional integration initiative. Development of connectivity across any region—especially of transportation linkages, energy pipelines, and information and communication technology— contributes to integration by reducing transaction costs and facilitating intraregional trade and investment. The potential gains from closer connectivity between South Asia and Southeast Asia are no doubt large. India's regional integration with Southeast Asia has been advancing well and several projects are being implemented at present. India's regional connectivity with Southeast Asia has been evolving on two pillars: northeast India for multimodal and intermodal operations, and southern India for multimodal operations. This paper presents India's broad proposals on connectivity projects with Southeast Asia and policy recommendations to strengthen connectivity throughout Asia, in particular between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Enhancing connectivity between South and Southeast Asia is a multifaceted task that will require the implementation of strong policy initiatives. Development of connectivity in Southeast Asia and South Asia will bring significant opportunities for industrial development in India and trade potential with South and East Asian countries.
    Keywords: connectivity; transport; trade; south asia; southeast asia; regional integration; Governance; India
    JEL: F15 O24
    Date: 2014–12–24
  4. By: Natalia Samutina (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: The paper aims to provide analysis of the most general problems of the music industry in the digital age. It poses a question about the possibility of innovation and conceptual development in contemporary popular music, overflowed with retromania. A growing popularity of such form as a “concept album” and its transformation into concept multimedia projects is regarded as a positive sign of the changes in music production and distribution. Detailed cultural analysis of one particular case, the multimedia concept project by the British band Gorillaz, demonstrates how a substantial cultural and musical innovation can exist today in the framework of popular entertainment. The last studio album by Gorillaz, called Plastic Beach (2010) works with the concept of Utopia and utopian imagery, presenting music as a space for free and meaningful collaboration among musicians and for the creation of the diverse community of listeners.
    Keywords: popular music, cultural studies, Utopia, concept album, multimedia projects, Gorillaz
    JEL: Z
    Date: 2014
  5. By: Nguyen Viet, Cuong
    Abstract: Poverty reduction is one of major goals of development policy of most countries, especially developing ones. To reduce poverty, numerous development programmes have been implemented throughout the world. In recent decades, researchers as well as policy makers have been increasingly interested in impact evaluation of development programmes to improve the effectiveness of the programmes. Vietnam has been very successful in poverty reduction since the economic reform in 1986. The Government of Viet Nam, as well as international and domestic organisations, has implemented numerous targeted programmes to increase people’s welfare. Although increasing attention is paid to impact evaluation of programmes, well-designed impact evaluation of development projects remains very limited. This paper discusses experiences and difficulties in impact evaluation of development programmes in Viet Nam. The findings are expected to be relevant for not only Vietnam but also other developing countries, especially those with a similar socio-economic context as Vietnam.
    Keywords: Impact evaluation, impact evaluation experiences, development programs, Vietnam.
    JEL: H4 H43
    Date: 2014–05–20
  6. By: Miranda Sarmento, J.
    Abstract: Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasing in number worldwide and are used to build and manage large public infrastructure projects. In PPPs, the private sector plays a role in developing and maintaining public infrastructure and services, which is usually a public sector responsibility. Despite the relevance of this subject, economic and finance literature is still scarce. This gap between practitioners and theory must be addressed and means a requirement for understanding this phenomenon from a finance perspective: what are PPPs and project finance, how they create value for the public and private sectors, and how they are structured and financed. Since 1993, Portugal has been using PPPs intensively, mainly for highway construction and in the health sector. Portugal has used PPPs to build an extensive highway network. As one of the leading countries using PPPs, the Portuguese experience is impressive, relevant, and an interesting study subject. However, there has been little discussion and research, with only a few studies published. This thesis covers several issues on PPPs: The first chapter is a literature review on risk allocation, valuation and Value for Money; The second chapter uses a case-study methodology to review the PPP life cycle; The third chapter describes the Portuguese experience in PPP renegotiations; The fourth chapter addresses the PPP efficiency by using seven highway projects and the Malmquist index efficiency model; The last chapter addresses the public sector efficiency in building infrastructures by public procurement.
    Date: 2014

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