Despite positivist traditions mixed methods (MM) research is increasingly being used in management disciplines. The aim of the study is to examine the use and quality of MM in project management research. A content analysis of articles from three project management journals was undertaken. The MM articles identified were analysed in terms of sequencing, dominance and integration. Our findings suggest the need for capacity building in relation to the good reporting of MM studies. We conclude that the study of complex phenomena can benefit from MM in a field needing to b r e a k f r e e from a level of methodological inertia.
Scales, J, 'Project management frameworks and practitioner preferences for capturing lessons learned on projects', Journal of Project, Program & Portfolio Management, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 31-31.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This study focuses on how practitioners view learning activities in projects and how these activities are influenced by the approach or emphasis espoused in different reference texts. The perceived importance of learning lessons in projects was surveyed in the literature, establishing the difficulties encountered, various methods for process improvement and the realities of current practice. The practices of individuals working within two major project management frameworks used in developed English-speaking economies were compared. A survey was constructed to address the question. Data from a pilot survey support the theory that the PMBoK and PRINCE2 are not perceived as synonymous and that differences will be more evident with a larger dataset. Inferences are drawn linking the pilot survey to the outcomes of previous studies and making recommendations for further research.
Scales, J 2018, 'Including Human Factors in Project scheduling using Hybrid Simulation', Proceedings of IRNOP 2018, International Research Network on Organising by Projects, 2018, IRNOP 2018 A skilled hand and a cultivated mind., International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-19.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Sankaran, S, Cameron, R & Scales, J 2012, 'The utility and quality of mixed methods in Project Management Research', EURAM 12th Annual Conference 2012, Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, EURAM, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Mixed methods research is being touted as the third methodological movement which is characterised by a growing body of theoretical and methodological frameworks and a body of cross disciplinary literature. Prominent mixed methodologists/authorities have championed the movement, which has strong footholds in the fields of education, health and nursing, and the social and behavioural sciences. The establishment of mixed method specific journals, research texts and courses and a growth in popularity among research funding bodies all indicate the growing trend in the adoption of mixed methods. Mixed methods research is being used and reported within business and management fields, despite the positivist traditions attached to certain business and management disciplines. This paper has used a retrospective content analysis of journal articles from three ranked journals from the field of project management: International Journal of Project Management (IJPM), the Project Management Journal (PMJ) and the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE_TEM). The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence rates of mixed methods in project management and to investigate the quality of mixed methods research within this field. Implications for further research are discussed, along with some guidelines to justify and describe how mixed methods have been used in project management research papers.