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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    The Relationship Between Knowledge Transfer, Team Learning and Project Success in the Information Technology Field
Author:  Dixie D. O’Connell Overton, PhD
Publisher:  Xlibris
List Price: $19.64
Format:  Soft bound, 183 pages
Publication Date: 2/24/2018        
ISBN: 9781543483536
Reviewer: Govindasamy Manavazhahan       
Review Date: June/July 2018

 



Introduction

The birth of this book happened based on the research work done by the author Dixie during her Ph.D. dissertation and load of documents generated during her studies. Dixie sets the stage for the book in a pretty good way by explaining the problem or thesis as the introduction at the beginning, so that the reader can have a clear idea of what she is presenting up to as correlation between two different part of Information Technology field, namely Knowledge Transfer, Team Learning and Project Success.

Up until now, in the Project Management there is an understanding that for a project to be success there are six constraints considered as important viz., schedule, cost, scope, quality, benefits and risks. However, Dixie is explaining in this book that the in-depth knowledge of the project team also considerably helps the project to achieve the expected success on-time or early within-budget and lower. To support her argument, she presents many studies done by her and other researchers. In my opinion, she did a very good job on her argument.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book had been very well structured in five chapters as

  1. Introduction
  2. Literature Review
  3. Methodology
  4. Results
  5. Implications & Recommendations

Each chapter is again divided into sections each having its own heading. Dixie had explained in each chapter and section with the details that are relevant to the topic and presents many quotes from other researchers.

For example, in the introduction while explaining the problem statement, she quotes Cerpa and Verner (2009) reported as that projects fail for the same reasons they did 30 years ago, however ways to increase project success had been suggested.Three of the top 10 factors identified by Hastie and Wojewoda (2015) that made IT Projects more successful include individual knowledge, knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer (Page 1).

Similar way, in Chapter 2, while talking the supportive theories and concepts, Dixie talked about Situational Learning theory which can be applied in project management because the practices of the discipline are experiential (2013) and quoted Jagdev & Mathur who believe that Situational Learning theory could be leveraged in project management practice to improve both project-learning and cross-project learning, the mediating variables used in her study (Page 51).

In my opinion, the book is very well organized and the details are presented in a logical and structured way that makes it easy for the reader to comprehend.

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About the Reviewer


Govindasamy Manavazhahan

Texas, USA

 

 

Govindasamy Manavazhahan is working as Staff Program Manager with more than 10 years of experience in project management, managing medium to large size projects / products with many cross-functional teams.

 

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