Portfolio decision making genres: A case study
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SourceJournal of Engineering and Technology Management, 26, 4, (2009), pp. 327-341
5 november 2009
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Journal of Engineering and Technology Management
SubjectNON-RU research; Onderzoek niet-RU
This article addresses the portfolio management practices and challenges of contemporary firms. Based on a review of the extant literature on project selection, termination and deletion decisions, we conducted an in-depth interview study with 19 key informants in 11 multinational firms. We identified three genres of portfolio management decision making: formalist-reactive, intuitive, and integrative. Each genre can be described by a unique set of portfolio management practices. For example, formalist-reactive firms rely on quantitative criteria while intuitive firms prefer qualitative criteria. In addition, each genre has to overcome a unique set of challenges. We discuss the three genres in detail and provide several implications for portfolio management decision making.
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