Adapted from a paper originally presented to an International Project/Program Management Workshop ESC Lille - Lille Graduate School of Management, Lille, France, © 2005.
In place of the ad-hoc categorization of projects that is prevalent today, a more systematic approach to this important aspect of the project management discipline must be developed. This systematic approach must be:
- Directly related to the specific needs and purposes of each organization
- Hierarchical in nature.
The systematic categorization and classification of projects appears to be a fertile field for research by all members of the world of project management, including doctoral research topics.
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