The Performance of Projects and Project Management


Book Title: The Performance of Projects and Project Management: Sustainable Delivery in Project Intensive Companies     
Editor: Laurence Lecoeuvre
Publisher: Routledge
List Price: $119.95       
Format: Hard cover, 230 pages
Publication Date: October 2016    
ISBN: 978-1472421890
Reviewer: Catherine Cockrell, Ph.D., PMP    
Review Date: March 2017



Change is a constant in the global business environment today, and projects are the method by which organizations successfully implement change. How might the value of projects in organizations be sustainable in terms of risk, project governance, project teams, and project standards? Laurence Lecoeuvre addresses these issues of sustainability by forming a project team of the best and brightest minds in project management thought leadership. Faculty members of SKEMA Business School in France, along with invited colleagues and experts in the field, are the authors of this collection of case studies and organization experiences. The result is a complementary set of ideas contributing to the knowledge of project management performance.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The authors chose four critical topics of importance to the performance of projects and project management: risk, governance, project teams, and methodology. The result is a delightful collection of research manuscripts exhibiting diverse and current perspectives on the four sustainability topics.

The book is structured in four parts corresponding to the four topics. Each of the four parts contains chapters formatted as research manuscripts; i.e. a journal papers. Each of the papers has an introduction, abstract, literature review, case study (or methodology), discussion, conclusion, and references.


A topic critical to understand before embarking on any project is addressed in Part I: What are the project risks? Daniel and Turner suggest the “VIO approach” (i.e., Vision – Implementation – Organization) for complex projects that introduce risk in the company. Gareis and Gareis realize the importance of change management in the project process and present “OneManagement” as an approach to integrate management perspectives. Delafenestre and Lecoeuvre address the specific complex risk issues relating to supply chain management and how combining the issues with project risk management improves the performance of a company. The SCOR, PMBOK, and PRINCE models of risk management are analyzed and a new model is proposed: the “Model of Sustainable Risk Management”, based upon case study.

A key ingredient of project management sustainability is project governance. In Part II, Turner’s exposé on project governance outlines current thought on the project-oriented organization, governance, governance roles, and program and portfolio management. Gareis and Lecoeuvre introduce the criticality of top-down corporate governance of the project-oriented organization. Husby and Kilde address the environment in which a project-oriented company flourishes.


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About the Reviewer

Catherine Cockrell, PhD

Texas, USA


Catherine Cockrell
, PhD, PMP is a proven leader in providing innovative business results in multiple industries, including retail, supply chain, manufacturing, education, and healthcare. She has deep experience in delivering IT strategic solutions, leading large enterprise and global teams, and bringing together business and technology to improve revenues, margins, and workplace productivity. Her specialties include IT Strategic Planning, Project and Portfolio Management, Global Team Building, and Business and Performance Assessment. Catherine holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler, Texas. Her research interests in this capacity include teams and team effectiveness, leadership, and organizational development. Catherine earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler, as well a B.S. in Mathematics from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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