Efficiency of project health checks (PHCs) as an early warning system in practice: a case study in Norway telecommunication industry

Journal article


Hajikazemi, S and Andersen, B (2014). Efficiency of project health checks (PHCs) as an early warning system in practice: a case study in Norway telecommunication industry. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. 7 (4), pp. 678-700.
AuthorsHajikazemi, S and Andersen, B
Abstract

Purpose
– The purpose of this paper is to present an overview on the concept of early warning (EW) signs in projects, briefly introduce the project health check (PHC) tool, and evaluate the level of efficiency of this tool as a source of data for an EW approach signaling that a project is about to experience problems in the future.

Design/methodology/approach
– Two case projects from the telecommunication industry which have implemented the PHC system were investigated in order to observe how the use of this approach can help indicate EW signs which arise in projects and specify the area in which the problem is about to occur. A combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods has been implemented.

Findings
– The results show that although the application of PHC tool can to a certain extent contribute to identification of EW signs in projects but level of effectiveness of the PHC this tool as an EW system is dependent on several factors such as level of complexity of the project, average experience of project managers, etc. Also the empirical studies reveal that there is definitely potential for enhancement of the tool in order to improve its utilization as an EW system.

Research limitations/implications
– The research is limited to a single organization in the telecommunication industry. The projects are within the execution phase and the final outcomes of the projects are yet not acquired.

Practical implications
– The empirical case studies were developed to illustrate the level of efficiency of the use of PHC tool in projects and show how this tool can be used in order to better realize the potential problems timely enough to take preventive actions.

Originality/value
– This paper highlights the gap in the literature concerning the practical use of PHC/project health indicator tool as an EW system. It offers a new idea on how PHC tool can be used as an effective EW system and shed light on the factors which influence the reliability and validity of the data obtained via this tool in project. This paper is intended to be primarily of use to project management practitioners and practically oriented academics who are interested in developing fresh insights into new approaches for better management of projects.

Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Journal citation7 (4), pp. 678-700
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1753-8378
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/IJMPB-01-2014-0012
Publication dates
Print26 Aug 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Mar 2019
Accepted11 Apr 2014
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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