Print Email Facebook Twitter Failure of large transformation projects from the viewpoint of complex adaptive systems: Management principles for dealing with project dynamics Title Failure of large transformation projects from the viewpoint of complex adaptive systems: Management principles for dealing with project dynamics Author Janssen, M. van der Voort, H. van Veenstra, A.F.E. Publication year 2015 Abstract Many large transformation projects do not result in the outcomes desired or envisioned by the stakeholders. This type of project is characterised by dynamics which are both caused by and result of uncertainties and unexpected behaviour. In this paper a complex adaptive system (CAS) view was adopted in order to better understand project dynamics and identify management principles for dealing with them. A case study of a large transformation project in the Netherlands was carried out, in which six patterns were found through which project dynamics could be identified. A logical consequence of the immense complexity of the case study’s project dynamics was that stakeholders lost sight of the overall goals, focussed on managing incidents and approached the project in an ad hocway. Informed byCAStheory, we present seven management principles that respect the dynamics of this type of project and can aid in copingwith project dynamics Subject Urban Mobility & EnvironmentSP2 - Strategy & Policy 2ELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesInfostructuresInformaticsInformation SocietyComplex adaptive systemsFailureTransformationDesignAdoptionXBRL To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:2c1221a8-1d38-4e04-94b4-e7cda3228f56 TNO identifier 523734 Source Information Systems Frontiers, 17, 15-29 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.