The causes of project failure

  title={The causes of project failure},
  author={Jeffrey K. Pinto and Samuel J. Mantel},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management},
  • J. Pinto, S. Mantel
  • Published 1 November 1990
  • Engineering
  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
A study was conducted of 97 projects identified as failures by the projects' managers or parent organizations. Using the project implementation profile, a set of managerially controllable factors is identified as associated with project failure. The factors differed according to three contingency variables: the precise way in which failure was defined; the type of project, and the stage of the project in its life cycle. Implications for project management and for future research on failed… 

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