The literature review will involve a critical evaluation of relevant existing literature on the above topic. You should use at least 7 articles, 5 of which must be articles from good quality sources such as peer reviewed academic journals and books. Your work must be referenced throughout and full references given in Harvard style at the end of the review.
Learning Objectives for Assignment.
• Through assessing the academic literature understand what elements contribute and define complex projects and how project complexity impacts the successful delivery of a project.
• Show familiarity with significant research in the area
• Develop critical thinking skills, through identifying, analysing, evaluating and developing arguments which illustrate thoughtful appreciation of the management of complex projects
Writing a Literature Review
What do we mean by a ‘literature review’?
To review something implies that you should examine a subject critically. This means that you need to present a number of issues, evaluate those issues, compare and contrast different perspectives on those issues, give a range of information, evidence and informed opinion, and thus develop a well-balanced, well-informed argument that is supported by reference to the appropriate relevant, quality literature. You should identify common themes that appear in a number of articles, and also look for divergent viewpoints.
What do we mean by ‘relevant, quality literature’?
Relevant, quality literature is likely to be peer-reviewed (or subject to some form of quality control), and published in reputable journals. (Note: When using many of the electronic databases in the library, you often get an option when searching to select “peer-reviewed” articles only.) Very few of the short articles available on the Internet are subject to any review process. They may be very interesting and helpful and one advantage is that they contain very recent data. The challenge lies in trying to establish the quality of the article.
• Does the article present empirical data or someone’s opinion?
• Are the ideas/views/issues presented relatively objective?
• Is the writing academic/professional in nature, or ‘consultant-speak’?
• Is the article published in a reputable publication?
In some cases you may wish to refer to more recent data, but be careful to justify its use. You should not have more than 15% of short, Internet publications that are not quality controlled in your references (this includes Wikipedia).