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San Diego State University

Fowler College of
Business Administration

Intellectual Contribution

Title
An Application of Focus Theory to Project Management Processes
Author(s)
Chen, F., Nunamaker, J. F., Briggs, R. O., Corbitt, G., Sager, J., Gardiner, S. C.
Type of Research
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Date Published
2014, After July
Contribution Type
Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Contribution Category
B
Points
7
Publication Title
Group Decision and Negotiation
Publisher
Springer
Volume(s)
23
Edition
5
Page Number(s)
961-978
Abstract
This article presents the findings of an exploratory study of the degree to which Focus Theory, a general theory about group productivity, can be used to improve the productivity of project management activities. Guided by the theory and the principles of collaboration engineering, we developed a collaborative template for project progress status reporting. We evaluated the template in both face-to-face and distributed group interactions. The study indicated that a collaborative template helped structure status reporting activity and provided a permanent record of project