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A taxonomy of planning and scheduling methods to support their more efficient use in construction project management

AlNasseri, Hammad Abdullah LU ; Widén, Kristian LU and Aulin, Radhlinah LU (2014) In Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology 14(1). p.580-601
Abstract
Purpose

The implementation and control processes of project planning and scheduling involve a wide range of methods and tools. Despite the development and modification and integration of the project management theory with newer scheduling approaches in particular, practitioners’ views on the efficiency and effectiveness of these methods and tools differ. This situation can be attributed in part to a lack of understanding of the most appropriate basis for implementing these methods and tools. This study, therefore, aims to overcome this deficiency by conceptualizing and adopting a taxonomy of planning and scheduling methods.
Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on a review and discourse... (More)
Purpose

The implementation and control processes of project planning and scheduling involve a wide range of methods and tools. Despite the development and modification and integration of the project management theory with newer scheduling approaches in particular, practitioners’ views on the efficiency and effectiveness of these methods and tools differ. This situation can be attributed in part to a lack of understanding of the most appropriate basis for implementing these methods and tools. This study, therefore, aims to overcome this deficiency by conceptualizing and adopting a taxonomy of planning and scheduling methods.
Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on a review and discourse analysis of the literature covering a large number of theoretical and empirical studies. The underlying theories of various planning and scheduling methods were analyzed with respect to the taxonomy criteria adopted in the study.
Findings

Using the taxonomy, the key characteristics of planning and scheduling methods considered in this study were identified and interpreted. These included concepts and theories; key features; suitability and usability; and benefits and limitations. Overall, the findings suggest that project managers should consider taxonomy as a support tool for selecting and prioritizing the most appropriate method or combination of methods for managing their projects. Recommendations include the need for more advanced or multi-dimensional taxonomies to cope with the diversity of project type and size.
Originality/value

The results of the study allow project managers to improve their current practices by utilizing taxonomy when considering the implementation of planning and scheduling methods. Moreover, taxonomy can be considered as a tool to promote learning on the part of those less experienced in planning and scheduling. Taxonomy can be considered as an initial platform for further research in this area. (Less)
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10.1108/JEDT-11-2013-0078
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  author       = {AlNasseri, Hammad Abdullah and Widén, Kristian and Aulin, Radhlinah},
  issn         = {1758-8901},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {580--601},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology},
  title        = {A taxonomy of planning and scheduling methods to support their more efficient use in construction project management},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-11-2013-0078},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2014},
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