Considerations of time in project portfolio management

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Time has been considered as a key success criterion and a limited resource in projects. It also causes competition among the projects in a portfolio and tensions across time horizons in portfolio decision making. Research on project portfolios and their management has so far treated time only implicitly and secondarily, by the side of other topics. The purpose of this conceptual paper is to investigate the relevance, meaning, and future possibilities of time in project portfolio management research. The relevance and treatment of time is first covered generally in project studies, continuing with an overview of the objective and subjective coverage of time in project portfolio management research. Future research avenues are proposed on five domains that connect the objective and subjective considerations. The paper suggests that project portfolio management research should increasingly acknowledge the meaning and potential of time, both as a limited and competed resource, as a focal topic of research, and as an issue to be managed deliberately.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAM 2023 Conference
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Business for Good
PublisherEuropean Academy of Management, EURAM
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-9602195-5-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventEURAM European Academy of Management Conference: Transforming business for good - Trinity Business School, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 14 Jun 202316 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameEURAM Conference
PublisherEuropean Academy of Management
ISSN (Electronic)2466-7498


ConferenceEURAM European Academy of Management Conference
Abbreviated titleEURAM 2023
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  • Project portfolio management
  • Time
  • Temporal
  • Future
  • History

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