Multi-level project governance: trends and opportunities

Christopher Biesenthal, Ralf Wilden

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Project governance is important in ensuring successful project delivery. In this article we conduct a systematic investigation of previous research to provide a content-driven review of the literature, and to provide future research direction. We use the textual data mining software Leximancer to identify dominant concepts and themes underlying project governance research. Our findings indicate that agency and stakeholder theories have been adapted to the project governance context to a greater extent than other theories. Furthermore, we find differences in project governance research, published in project management journals compared to general management, IT and engineering journals. We conclude the paper by presenting a framework that links governance theories to the multiple organizational levels relevant to project governance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1291-1308
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • project management
  • project governance
  • leximancer
  • review
  • text mining


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