nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2019‒08‒12
five papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Dataset on performance management systems' design in project-based organizations By De Rooij, Mariska M.G.; Mannak, Remco S.; Janowicz-Panjaitan, Martyna
  2. A longitudinal analysis of project management process maturity : case of Moroccan higher education, a projection on Mark Mullaly's model By Amine Abderma; Abderma Amine; Benesrighe Driss
  3. Lessons learnt from impact-oriented accompanying research: potentials and limitations to rigorously assessing the impact of governance programmes By Funk, Evelyn; Groß, Lisa; Leininger, Julia; von Schiller, Armin
  4. Contracts, business models and barriers to investing in low temperature district heating projects By Lygnerud, Kristina; Wheatcroft, Edward; Wynn, Henry
  5. The accounting-and-finance of a solar photovoltaic plant: Economic efficiency of a replacement project By Magni, Carlo Alberto; Marchioni, Andrea

  1. By: De Rooij, Mariska M.G.; Mannak, Remco S. (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management); Janowicz-Panjaitan, Martyna (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)
    Abstract: This data article presents the supplementary material for the paper “A configurational explanation for performance management systems' design in project-based organizations” [1]. The article introduces a dataset on 15 project-based organizations (PBOs) in the management consulting industry in the Netherlands. The dataset includes organization-level conditions at PBOs, such as perceived environmental uncertainty, organizational size, innovation strategy, opportunity strategy, and performance management system design. The dataset is prepared for a fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA). Combinations of conditions are expected to be related to a mechanistic or an organic performance management system design. This article includes the original dataset with quantitative scores and a qualitative motivation for each score, calibrated data, and fsQCA truth tables
    Date: 2019
  2. By: Amine Abderma (Université Chouaib Doukkali); Abderma Amine; Benesrighe Driss (Laboratoire des sciences de gestion - Faculté des sciences juridiques, économiques, et sociales, Settat - UNIVERSITE HASSAN Ier)
    Abstract: This article is aimed to evaluate the maturity of project management processes longitudinally, it is the model developed by Mark Mullaly who has replied this specificity. We applied this owner model to different Moroccan high education institutions, especially after being approved during serious studies over 500 organizations across the world. This analysis concerned the different facets and standardized dimensions. This work represents a logical suite of our production (ABDERMA & BENESERIGHE, 2018) entitled : project management in Moroccan higher education : an explanatory approach according to Grant and Pennypacker scale (Grant & Pennypacker, 2006). And this, in a perspective of continuous monitoring of the sustainability of the various practices related to this field.
    Abstract: Dans le but d'évaluer la maturité des processus projet dans la durée-au niveau de l'enseignement supérieur marocain-c'est le modèle propriétaire développé par Mark Mullaly qui a répondu à cette spécificité, surtout après le fait d'être validé durant des études qui ont touché plus de 500 organisations à travers le monde. Cet article a pour objectif de faire sortir le niveau actuel de cette maturité de façon longitudinale. Cette analyse a concernée les différentes facettes et dimensions standardisées des processus projet. Ce travail représente une suite logique de notre production (ABDERMA & BENESERIGHE, 2018) intitulée : Le management de projet dans l'enseignement supérieur marocain : Une approche explicative selon l'échelle de Grant et Pennypacker (GRANT & PENNYPACKER, 2006). Et ce, dans une perspective de suivi continu de la durabilité des différentes pratiques liées à ce domaine. Mots-Clés : management public, enseignement supérieur, stratégie gouvernementale, management de projet, gouvernance universitaire. Abstract This article is aimed to evaluate the maturity of project management processes longitudinally,
    Date: 2019–06
  3. By: Funk, Evelyn; Groß, Lisa; Leininger, Julia; von Schiller, Armin
    Abstract: How to assess impact in governance programmes successfully? This publication documents some practical lessons learnt on how to conduct rigorous impact assessments, with a special focus on governance interventions. The project “Wirkungsinitiative Afrika” of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) follows the approach of impact-oriented accompanying research when measuring impact. Impact-oriented accompanying research in the project combines two elements of impact assessments: a) the measurement of impact using (quasi-)experimental designs, and b) the investigation of causal mechanisms using theory-driven approaches. The combination allows for making statements about how much impact was achieved (quasi-experimental and experimental approaches) and why and how this impact came about in the given context (theory-based approaches). Such a mixed-method approach to impact assessment can provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of an intervention. In addition, impact-oriented accompanying research takes place over a long time frame of at least 18 months, and thus represents a particularly deep form of cooperation between research and practice. This allows for continuous exchange and advice by researchers on programme implementation and, thereby, leads to advice that the programme can use while the project is ongoing. We speak of a successful case of impact-oriented accompanying research when it realises its full potential in terms of operational and strategic learning, (impact) evaluation capacity development and a contribution to effective internal and external accountability. The goal of the publication is to lay out what is needed for a successful impact assessment in governance interventions and to identify key aspects for each step of the process of impact-oriented accompanying research. It thereby seeks to provide in-depth guidance for anyone contemplating the idea of engaging in impact-oriented accompanying research.
    Keywords: Governance,Wirksamkeit und Evaluierung
    Date: 2018
  4. By: Lygnerud, Kristina; Wheatcroft, Edward; Wynn, Henry
    Abstract: Approximately 1.2 EJ of energy are potentially available for recovery each year from urban heat sources in the EU. This corresponds to more than 10 percent of the EU’s total energy demand for heat and hot water. There are, however, a number of challenges to be met before urban waste heat recovery can be performed on a wide scale. This paper focuses on the non-technical issues related to urban waste heat recovery and is written on the basis of opinions gathered from stakeholders in the field. Three non-technical issues are focused upon. First, a number of important barriers to wide scale urban waste recovery are identified, and where applicable, recommendations are made regarding how to overcome these barriers. Second, important issues and challenges regarding contract design are identified and discussed. Key elements of heat supply contracts between the district heating company and the owner of the waste heat are described. Finally, the impact on business models of properties specific to urban waste heat recovery are discussed. Data were collected from two separate sources, both related to the ReUseHeat Horizon 2020 project, which addresses the application of urban waste heat recovery in existing district heating networks. First, a number of interviews with stakeholders were carried out. Second, information was collected from demonstrator sites involved in the ReUseHeat project. It was concluded that, for urban waste heat recovery to be taken up on a wide scale, there is still a large amount of work to do to overcome these major issues. This paper is novel in that key non-technical issues of urban waste heat recovery are discussed from the perspective of a large sample of actual stakeholders and practitioners in the field.
    Keywords: urban waste heat recovery; contracts; barriers; business models
    JEL: R14 J01
    Date: 2019–08–02
  5. By: Magni, Carlo Alberto; Marchioni, Andrea
    Abstract: In this work we illustrate a simple logical framework serving the purpose of assessing the economic profitability and measuring value creation in a solar photovoltaic (PhV) project and, in general, in a replacement project where the cash-flow stream is nonnegative, with some strictly positive cash flows. We use the projected accounting data to compute the average ROI, building upon Magni (2011, 2019) (see also Magni and Marchioni 2018), which enables retrieving information on the role of the project’s economic efficiency and the role of the project scale on increasing shareholders’ wealth. The average ROI is a genuinely internal measure and does not suffer from the pitfalls of the internal rate of return (IRR), which may be particularly critical in replacement projects such as the purchase of a PhV plant aimed at replacing conventional retail supplies of electricity.
    Keywords: Energy project analysis, investment evaluation, value creation.
    JEL: C02 C67 G31
    Date: 2019–05–16

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