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The pathogen construct in risk analysis

Busby, J S and Zhang, H (2008) The pathogen construct in risk analysis. International Journal of Project Management, 39 (3). pp. 86-96.

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    Abstract

    Project risk analysis has traditionally emphasized the analysis of external threats. Here we argue that internal decisions and structures are more fundamental, because they determine which external events pose risks to project management. A “pathogen” metaphor is used to understand these internal sources of risk, in an analysis of failure in two sets of projects that lie on the border between the private and public sectors. This analysis goes beyond earlier work on organizational pathogens by treating them as subjective interpretations, not objective conditions. The study suggests that the more insidious risks to which a project is exposed involve different project members holding contradictory beliefs about what is pathogenic and what is protective.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Project Management
    Subjects:
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
    ID Code: 45271
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:29
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:30
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45271

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