The purpose of this phenomenological analysis was to gain an understanding of antecedents to strategic project success through the perceptions from experienced project leaders. A qualitative based research design and questions were developed to discuss how strategic vision, strategic planning, and strategic actions contributed to successes or failures of strategic projects. The goal of the study sought insights to understand critical factors that enabled strategic project success and important related areas organizations should consider. The study evaluated strategic projects through the lens of the theory of constraints in order to identify factors most consequential. The findings were informed from the perceptions of 11 project leaders recruited and interviewed through purposeful sampling. A conceptual model and implications to research and practice are discussed including limitations and considerations for future research.

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Dr. Judy Sun; Dr. Paul Roberts; Dr. Kerri Camp


Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resources Development

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