While project management literature acknowledges the significance of goals for overall project success and strongly recommends that projects aim for having clear goals, project management literature also contains accounts of goals, which are hidden, tacit or covert – resulting in an apparent contradiction. In order to explore the topic of hidden goals, this study summarizes the view that the project management literature has on hidden goals and offers empirical accounts from experienced project professionals. The study finds that experienced project managers are familiar with the phenomenon of hidden goals. A typology based on the causes leading to a goal remaining hidden is proposed: goal-holders may be unaware that their need constitutes a goal; goal-holders may be unable to articulate or to communicate their goal; goals may also become lost; and goal-holders might decide not to state their goal overtly, whether due to ulterior motives or to accommodate others’ interests. Alternatively goal-holders may also consider non-disclosure an overriding necessity. In addition, the study offers practitioners help in understanding the phenomenon of hidden goals and presents scholars with avenues for detailed study.
|Title of host publication||Project Management Theory Meets Practice|
|Editors||Jan Pries-Heje, Per Svejvig|
|Number of pages||12|
|Place of Publication||Roskilde|
|Publisher||Roskilde University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|MoE publication type||A3 Book chapter|
- 512 Business and Management
- Project management
- Hidden goals
- Organizational politics
- KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
Buttler, P. J. (2015). Hidden goals in projects: A qualitative exploratory study of their occurrence and causes . In J. Pries-Heje, & P. Svejvig (Eds.), Project Management Theory Meets Practice (pp. 61-72). Roskilde University Press.