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Berg, J B, Thuesen, C, Ernstsen, S K and Jensen, P A (2021) Reconfiguring the construction value chain: analysing key sources of friction in the business model archetypes of AEC companies in strategic partnerships. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 533–48.

Crawford, R H and Pullen, S (2011) Life cycle water analysis of a residential building and its occupants. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 589–602.

Ershadi, M, Jefferies, M, Davis, P and Mojtahedi, M (2021) Project management offices in the construction industry: a literature review and qualitative synthesis of success variables. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 493–512.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Project Management Office; success variables; systematic review; construction industry;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2021.1916052
  • Abstract:
    Today’s project management offices (PMOs) in the construction sector need to be equipped with breakthrough capabilities necessary for making a difference in multi-project management. Although there is an upward trend in academic research on PMOs, a comprehensive framework of potential success variables is still lacking in the literature. This research aims to assess the extant literature from the perspective of the construction sector to provide a single consolidated overview of potential PMO success variables. A systematic search process was adopted to retrieve publications and narrow them down to eligible studies followed by a qualitative synthesis. A set of 32 success variables was synthesized and inductively categorized under four emerging themes of (1) establishing PM infrastructure, (2) promoting PM practices, (3) PMO structuring, and (4) organizational support. This set of variables refers to three kinds of functional, structural, and contextual variables characterizing potential features of successful construction PMOs. These variables were compared between the construction industry and other industries to reflect contextual contrasts and similarities. A research agenda was proposed to encourage empirical studies on examining success variables. This study contributes to an improved understanding of PMO success variables in the construction industry and directs future research towards the most important topics.

Forster, A M, Carter, K, Banfill, P F G and Kayan, B (2011) Green maintenance for historic masonry buildings: an emerging concept. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 654–64.

Godoy-Shimizu, D, Armitage, P, Steemers, K and Chenvidyakarn, T (2011) Using Display Energy Certificates to quantify schools' energy consumption. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 535–52.

Jay, I and Bowen, P (2011) What residents value in low-cost housing schemes: some South African concepts. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 574–88.

Jensen, J S, Gottlieb, S C and Thuesen, C L (2011) Construction sector development: frames and governance responses. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 665–77.

Jeschke, K N, Waldorff, S B, Dyreborg, J, Kines, P and Ajslev, J Z N (2021) Complaining about occupational safety and health: a barrier for collaboration between managers and workers on construction sites. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 459–74.

Kordi, N E, Belayutham, S and Che Ibrahim, C K I (2021) Mapping of social sustainability attributes to stakeholders’ involvement in construction project life cycle. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 513–32.

Lucke, T and Beecham, S (2011) Field investigation of clogging in a permeable pavement system. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 603–15.

Pryke, S D, Zagkli, G and Kougia, I (2011) Resource provision ego-networks in small Greek construction firms. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 616–36.

Sigrid Nordby, A (2011) Carbon reductions and building regulations: the case of Norwegian mountain cabins. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 553–65.

Silva, A, Dias, J L, Gaspar, P L and de Brito, J (2011) Service life prediction models for exterior stone cladding. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 637–53.

Stafford, A (2011) Long-term monitoring and performance of ground source heat pumps. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 566–73.

Zhang, R P and Bowen, P (2021) Work-family role blurring and conflict among South African construction professionals. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 475–92.