Abstract Purpose – Despite the emergence and strategic importance of project risk management (PRM), its diffusion is limited mainly to large companies, leaving a lack of empirical evidence addressing SMEs. Given the socio-economic importance of SMEs and their need to manage risks to ensure the success of their strategic and innovative projects, this research aims to investigate how to adopt PRM in SMEs with a positive cost–benefit ratio. Design/methodology/approach – This study presents an exploratory and explanatory research conducted through multiple-case studies involving 10 projects performed in Spanish and Italian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Findings – The results obtained highlight how project features (commitment type, innovativeness, strategic relevance and managerial complexity) and firms’ characteristics (sector of activity, production system and access to public incentives) influence PRM adoption, leading to different levels and types of benefits. Originality/value – The paper offers practical indications about PRM phases, activities, tools and organizational aspects to be considered in different contexts to ensure the project’s success and, ultimately, the company’s growth and sustainability. Such indications could not be found in the literature.

Successful implementation of project risk management in small and medium enterprises: a cross-case analysis

Priscila Ferreira de Araujo Lima;Chiara Verbano
2021

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Abstract Purpose – Despite the emergence and strategic importance of project risk management (PRM), its diffusion is limited mainly to large companies, leaving a lack of empirical evidence addressing SMEs. Given the socio-economic importance of SMEs and their need to manage risks to ensure the success of their strategic and innovative projects, this research aims to investigate how to adopt PRM in SMEs with a positive cost–benefit ratio. Design/methodology/approach – This study presents an exploratory and explanatory research conducted through multiple-case studies involving 10 projects performed in Spanish and Italian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Findings – The results obtained highlight how project features (commitment type, innovativeness, strategic relevance and managerial complexity) and firms’ characteristics (sector of activity, production system and access to public incentives) influence PRM adoption, leading to different levels and types of benefits. Originality/value – The paper offers practical indications about PRM phases, activities, tools and organizational aspects to be considered in different contexts to ensure the project’s success and, ultimately, the company’s growth and sustainability. Such indications could not be found in the literature.
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