The Value of FED Practices: What Different Levels of Analysis Learn Us

Marian Bosch-Rekveldt / Herman Gerardus Mooi / Hans Bakker / Alexander Verbraeck

This paper presents a quantitative, explorative analysis of project data related to project complexity, front end development activities and project success. The data on 67 engineering projects was gathered by means of a survey performed within the NAP network in 2009. Analysis was done on two levels. First, following a business approach, high level relations between project complexity, FED activities and project performance were explored by transforming the data in a 2x2 analysis set-up. Next, more detailed investigations were performed by evaluating the specific FED activities and their possible influence on project performance, testing “simple” and more complex relationships based on a contingency approach. Results indicate several significant relations between FED activities, project complexity and project performance and provide focus areas for further (in-depth) research. This research shows how different levels of analysis, inspired by different research perspectives (from practice and the academic world) can successfully complement each other