Success Management Theory

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Success Management Theory



Alternate name(s)

Success Management

Success Management process

Main dependent construct(s)/factor(s)

Endeavor's success

Main independent construct(s)/factor(s)


Concise description of theory

The Success Management Theory focuses on defining, leveraging, and securing the success of endeavors by gaining a comprehensive awareness of what is valued by stakeholders to achieve success and manage according to such understanding.

The Success Management Theory proposes that it is not enough to evaluate the accomplishments and impacts of an endeavor only at its end and only from a single perspective — success needs to be understood by considering the perspective of all stakeholders and must be continuously potentiated along the course of an endeavor (taking into account all the success facets - figure 1).

At the core of the Success Management Theory lies the Success Management process (figure 2), which aims to provide individuals and organizations with a clear, shared, and continuously updated picture of what success means in the context of their endeavors and the success levels being achieved in those endeavors by taking into account the evolution of the dimensions of success over time and the perspectives of all the relevant stakeholders.

The main objective is to enhance and secure endeavors’ success at maximum levels by acting accordingly.

Diagram/schematic of theory

Figure 1. Facets of success (Varajão et al., 2022)

Figure 2. Success Management Process II (Varajão et al., 2022)

Originating author(s)

Varajão (2016), Varajão (2018), Varajão et al. (2022)

Seminal articles

Varajão, J. (2016) Success Management as a project management knowledge area – work-in-progress, Procedia Computer Science, 100, 1095-1102.

Varajão, J. (2018) A new process for Success Management: bringing order to a typically ad-hoc area, Journal of Modern Project Management, 5(3), 92-99.

Varajão, J., Magalhães, L., Freitas, L., Rocha, P. (2022), Success Management – from theory to practice. International Journal of Project Management.

Originating area

Information Systems

Level of analysis

Endeavor (e.g., project)

IS articles that use the theory

Takagi, N., Varajão, J. (2019) Integration of Success Management into project management guides and methodologies - position paper, Procedia Computer Science, 164(2019), 366-372.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J., Nascimento, J. (2019) Contributions for the optimization of the Success Management in projects through knowledge management practices - research-in-progress, CAPSI – Conference of the Portuguese Association of Information systems.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J., Ribeiro, P. (2019) Integrating Success Management into EU PM², CAPSI – Conference of the Portuguese Association of Information systems.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J., Ventura, T., Vecchiato, D., Gomes, R. (2019) Success Management in a public sector information systems project – research-in-progress, Proceedings of the Escola Regional de Informática de Mato Grosso.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J. (2020) Success Management and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK): an integrated perspective, International Research Workshop on IT Project Management.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J. (2020) Success Management in information systems projects – work-in-progress, ICTO - Information and Communication Technologies in Organizations and Society.

Varshosaz, A., Varajão, J., Takagi, N. (2021) Integrating the Information Systems Success Model with project Success Management process – position paper, International Journal of Applied Management Theory and Research, 3(2), 1-13.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J. (2021) Success Management and Scrum for IS projects – an integrated approach, PACIS - Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J., Ventura, T., Ubialli, D., Silva, T. (2021) Implementing Success Management and PRINCE2 in a BPM public project – research-in-progress, ACIS - Australasian Conference on Information Systems.

Takagi, N., Varajão, J. (2022) ISO 21500 and Success Management: an integrated model for project management, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, DOI 10.1108/IJQRM-10-2020-0353.

Links from this theory to other theories


External links

Success Management Portal

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