A network approach to project business analysis

Maqsood Sandhu, Petri Helo

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Purpose - Based upon previous models and the extant literature, the purpose of this paper is to present a network approach to describing and analyzing inter-organizational relationships in project business. The framework provides a better understanding of the dynamic processes and critical interfaces in a network context, and advocates the use of the tools of agile supply-demand networks (ASDN) and design structure matrix (DSM). Design/methodology/approach - This conceptual paper uses a network approach to understand inter-organizational business relationships in resource management. This approach is useful for understanding relationships in project business, which usually involves a wide array of actors or stakeholders who provide resources or have an interest in project outcomes. Findings - The paper concludes that a network-based framework provides a solid basis for a rich description and analysis of a multi-actor project business, as well as assisting in understanding important interpersonal relationship factors that affect project success-such as trust, commitment, and adaptation. Research limitations/ implications - Models of the type discussed here have been implemented in larger multinational corporations, but they might not be applicable in smaller enterprises that do not have overall control of a network. Practical implications - The paper presents useful practical tools for understanding the dynamic processes of networks in project-based business, and for identifying the actors, activities and resource interdependencies involved. Originality/value - This paper extends upon previous approaches to project business and presents practical tools that can be used to analyze project-business networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-615
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Matrix organizations
  • Networking
  • Supply and demand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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