Digital Transformation in Projects : A study on how digital transformation affect project management
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Original versionArnesen, C. & Sinfield, M. G. M. (2020) Digital Transformation in Projects : A study on how digital transformation affect project management (Master's thesis). University of Agder, Kristiansand.
The purpose of this master thesis is to research what effect digital transformation has on project management. This is conducted by researching if there is a connection between digital transformation in the industry, the use of digital transformation in projects, and how project management has been impacted by digital transformation. In this study, we have interviewed three respondents from different companies about the use of digital transformation in their companyand projects. We have found out that all three companies have implemented digital transformation in their strategy and daily tasks. We have also found out that what used to be manual processes have now become partial or even total automated processes. Each company focuses on and uses a lot of recourses on digital transformation. Digital transformation is seen as a process that is time-saving and efficient. However, some express apprehension. As one of the companies raises concerns about the loss of work opportunities and how this can create resistance towards digital transformation, the other confirms such concern as they have themselves experienced such loss. One of the companies believes that you can lose some control of the accuracy of the numbers if you blindly trust the automated process. With the help of our theoretical-and managerial implications, we conclude that digital transformation affects project management by creating more teamwork, efficiency and time-saving. Implementing digital transformation in project managementgives management the time to focus more on numbers and results and less time on making the numbers.
Master's thesis in Business administration (BE501)