The Causes of Project Failure

Jeffrey K. Pinto, Samuel J. Mantel

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A study was conducted of 97 projects identified as failures by the projects’ managers or parent organizations. Using the project implementation profile [20], a set of managerially controllable factors were identified as associated with project failure. The factors differed according to three contingency variables: 1) the precise way in which failure was defined; 2) the type of project; and 3) the stage of the project in its life cycle. Implications for project management and for future research on failed projects were noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-276
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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