Influences of Early-Stage Project Variables on Project Performance
This longitudinal study of 128 projects shows that project stimulants affects project capacity in the initiation and
planning phases, which in return influences project outcomes in the closing phase. Subsequent structural equation modeling
shows that risk has the second-largest effect on project outcomes, communication possesses the largest positive effect on
project outcomes, despite having no direct link between them. Ultimately, our findings suggest that it is feasible to estimate
the impacts of early-stage project variables on project outcomes prior to project execution.
Index Terms - Project management, Project performance, Structural analysis, Longitudinal research.