This massive paper was first published on line April 8, 2019, by Production Planning & Control, Taylor & Francis Group.
This systematic literature review (The Report) is the copyright property of the authors.
The original maybe found at 09537287.2019.1594429
The edited extracts and opinions expressed here are strictly those of Max Wideman.
Published here September 2020

Introduction | Original Structure of the Report | What is the Front-End?
Why is the Front-End Important? | What Are the Roles and Responsibilities in the Front-End?
What Should the Front-End Embody? | Project Selection and Go/No-Go Decisions
Other Topics Covered in the Report

Original Structure of the Report[5]

The authors' report summarizes the results of a comprehensive systematic literature survey on the front-end of a project, commissioned by the Project Management Institute. It reports on the findings of a systematic review of publications published mostly between Jan 2006 and Sep 2017. It aims to investigate what defines the "front-end" of a project, examine what generic processes comprise the "front-end" and how these fit together as a coherent whole. The search was planned in 2016 and initiated in 2017. An appendix shows the specific search strings employed and the results.

The search string searches were conducted in stages. In Stage 1, the authors searched using a primary group of 15 term combinations including the central term "front-end" and similar words. In Stage 2, they searched for an exploratory group of 23 term combinations that related to "front-end" to a certain extent. In this way, the 43,000 original papers were reduced to 4,500 and then to 367 papers.

As the authors studied these papers, in Stage 3 they identified key papers and used citation indices to search systematically for good papers that cited them and looked for any particular key references used. This resulted in a final set considered for the study comprising 524 papers, which formed the basis of the full survey report delivered to PMI, which is over 50,000 words long. The linked reference file quoted above is about 30,000 words, including all links.

Introduction  Introduction

5. Ibid, extracted from Section 1, p1
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