Project fuzziness to project value: the role of social capital

Sharari, H., Paton, R. and Smart, A. (2022) Project fuzziness to project value: the role of social capital. VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, (doi: 10.1108/VJIKMS-11-2021-0266) (Early Online Publication)

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Purpose: Project management scholars and practitioners have long debated how best to harness social interactions to optimise knowledge exchange and enhance stakeholder alignment and value. This research assists project managers to understand and manage fuzziness and create enduring front-end value. It views the project life cycle as a potential source of co-created value. The paper uses a social capital lens to provide a deeper understanding of the project front-end; it employs a three-dimensional view (structural, relational, cognitive) to explore how stakeholder social capital can overcome front-end fuzziness to enhance decision-making and, thus, value creation. Design/methodology/approach: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with senior managers from teleconnections companies, which, when combined with secondary data, established the impact, nature and dimensions of social capital within a project management setting. Findings: The research found that social capital can help to reduce complexity, uncertainty and equivocality in the early stages of projects, making them more clearly defined and thus helping to create greater stakeholder value in the later stages of the project. A surprising finding was that some project team members engaged in intentional equivocality to try to promote their own benefits rather than those of the organisation. Originality/value: This paper reconceptualises the impact of social capital on stakeholder value creation in the front-end of projects. The paper contributes to a more holistic view of the front-end of project management, focusing social capital to reduce the sources of front-end fuzziness.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Front-end fuzziness, social capital, stakeholder value, project management, social networks, value creation.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paton, Professor Robert and Smart, Dr Alison
Authors: Sharari, H., Paton, R., and Smart, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Research Group:Services and Operations Management
Journal Name:VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems
Journal Abbr.:VINE
ISSN (Online):2059-5905
Published Online:27 July 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Emerald Publishing
First Published:First published in VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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