Understanding project success involving analytic-based decision support in the digital era: a focus on IC and agile project management

Stephan Kudyba, Agnel D Cruz

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Abstract

Purpose: Digital transformations of business processes are on the rise and the result is a need for a better understanding of how the elements of intellectual capital (IC) play a role in achieving successful digital project outcomes. New structural capital in the form of digital technologies must be identified and understood. Evolving skills of human capital in assimilating digital elements must also be considered, while collaboration within the development process involving relational capital provides a critical integration among these IC elements. This study illustrates the importance of identifying and managing the integration of IC components within an agile project management framework that are essential to achieving success for a digital initiative. More specifically, this study describes the process by which a multinational technology-based products company successfully developed a dynamic decision support platform utilizing an agile approach to guide a project management team to better manage the company's operations. Design/methodology/approach: This study focuses on a case analysis approach of a multinational commercial and consumer products company. The paper presents existing research on the evolving state of project management for digital initiatives and focuses on agile methods. This study then delves into the case analysis that illustrates how IC played an integral role in the company successfully developing effective decision support involving an interactive dashboard using agile Project Management (PM), which enabled the project management team to better manage resources. Findings: An examination at the case level illustrates that effective management and integration of IC has positive effects on project outcomes. While a balanced approach is evident as a requirement, the unique characteristics of the agile project management approach entails greater emphasis on select elements to adapt to a more dynamic development process. Originality/value: This work depicts the complexities in providing analytic-based decision support in an agile/flexible project management scenario. This work adds to existing research by illustrating elements within IC categories and the elements' interdependencies that play an essential role in achieving success in this more flexible project environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1429-1446
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Business, Management and Accounting

Keywords

  • Agile
  • Analytics
  • Dashboard
  • Data engineering
  • Decision support
  • Project management

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