Critical Success Factors for Projects: do they exist?



PMWJ invites articles and papers on critical project management success factors, or how to increase the probability of project success

17 February 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Project management practitioners, experts and researchers around the world are invited to submit new works for publication in the PM World Journal on the issue of “Critical Success Factors for Projects: do they exist?.” In particular, articles and papers that provide some success factors for specific types of projects, programs or industries are welcome.

150217-pmwj32-critical-IMAGESome examples of works might include:

  • Featured Papers – new knowledge or research results related to project success factors, covering one or more types of program, project or industry application
  • Advisory Articles – how to identify critical success factors during the project planning and startup stages
  • Personal Stories – How project success factors were identified, and how they played out during an actual project implementation
  • Case studies – stories about successful projects and programs, effective project management or leadership, things that worked well
  • Commentaries – personal opinions about what constitutes project success, and how to guard against project failure, including lessons learned
  • Student Papers – research papers developed for a graduate or undergraduate project management course or program
  • Second Editions – older works that were previously presented at conferences or published some years ago that address this topic

Questions or original works can be submitted to [email protected].

According to Managing Editor David Pells, “We have previously invited papers on the topics of project failure and project startup, so this call for papers is intended to complement those topics. They’re all related to planning and initiating projects more successfully. Hopefully we can publish some useful information.

“Critical success factors have been studied in general management courses for many years, and were a common topic at project management conferences some years ago,” Pells adds. “It seems the subject has fallen out of favor. But what about success factors during agile applications, or for planning complex projects, or for earned value implementations. I think much more knowledge in this area can be captured, especially related to specific project applications, conditions or types.”

Researchers, practitioners and experts are invited to submit an original article or paper for publication in the PM World Journal. Industry executives and managers are also invited to share their knowledge and experience. For author guidelines, visit https://pmworldjournal.net/authors/author-guidelines/. All works published in the PMWJ are archived in the PM World Library.

PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also operates the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM). To read the latest PMWJ, go to https://www.pmworldjournal.net/; to learn more, visit http://www.pmworldlibrary.net/.

Editor’s note: we do not publish topic-specific editions of the PM World Journal. Rather works received in response to this call for papers can be published at any time in the future, so please consider responding now or later to [email protected]