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The Silver Lining of Project Uncertainties by Barbara Edington, Ting Gao, Thomas G. Lechler

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Case Study Results

In this section we analyze the collected data from the 41 case studies in detail and seek to find answers for the research questions raised.

The Nature and Sources of Project Uncertainties

To identify uncertain situations in projects, the interviewees were asked to think about situations in their project that surprised them. The situations related to uncertainties during project implementation vary widely across the 41 cases. In general, we classified the identified sources into six categories (see Table 3).

The most frequent category of project uncertainties is related to a project's stakeholders. About 38% of the identified uncertainty scenarios are related to specific characteristics or activities of stakeholders. Two ...

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