The international diffusion of project management

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Title: The international diffusion of project management
Authors: Kavanagh, Donncha
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Date: Sep-2010
Online since: 2014-08-12T08:56:31Z
Abstract: This paper examines the international diffusion of one business practice, project management, through the prism of prior literature and data on the diffusion of ISO 9000. The study took an inductive approach, building theory through the iterative collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. The findings problematise the central position accorded to the S-curve model and neo-institutional theory in explaining technology diffusion. The research posits three distinct processes driving the diffusion process: utility, institutional isomorphism, and competitive isomorphism, with the latter consisting of three primary mechanisms: competitive imitation, trendslators and fashion retailers. Contrary to prior literature, national, quasi-professional associations are found to be central to the diffusion process and play a key role in advocating and containing management technologies.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Copyright (published version): 2010 the Author
Keywords: Project managementISO 9000
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: 13th Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland, 1-3 September, 2010
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