Heitor Antonio Gomes Santos Jr, Jose Eduardo Storopoli


From the publication of the seminal article by Meyer and Rowan in 1977, there was a great diffusion of the institutional theory in the business administration research, especially the influences of the institutional environment in the organizations. Considering projects as temporary organizations, what is the contribution of institutional theory in project management research?  With the objective of mapping how research in project management was influenced by the advance and growth of institutional theory, this study uses bibliometric to analyze a sample of 300 articles published between 1977 and 2016. Through lexical analysis, co-citation and factorial it was identified that the studies in this field are grouped in three themes. The first deals with organizational theories in projects as a temporary organization, the second groups the studies on the professionalization of the sector, seen as a form of normative isomorphism, and the third brings the influence of the institutional environment and success in projects. It was found that institutional theory could still contribute to the understanding of external influences in projects as temporary organizations.

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Project; Management; Institutions; Institutional; Theory

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