A hierarchical approach to multi-project planning under uncertainty

R. Leus, Gerhard Wullink, Elias W. Hans, W. Herroelen

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We survey several viewpoints on the management of the planning complexity of multi-project organisations under uncertainty. A positioning framework is proposed to distinguish between different types of project-driven organisations, which is meant to aid project management in the choice between the various existing planning approaches. We discuss the current state of the art of hierarchical planning approaches both for traditional manufacturing and for project environments. We introduce a generic hierarchical project planning and control framework that serves to position planning methods for multi-project planning under uncertainty. We discuss multiple techniques for dealing with the uncertainty inherent to the different hierarchical stages in a multi-project organisation. In the last part of this paper we discuss two cases from practice and we relate these practical cases to the positioning framework that is put forward in the paper.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Research School for Operations Management and Logistics (BETA)
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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NameBeta working papers
PublisherBeta Research School for Operations Management and Logistics, University of Twente


  • Uncertainty
  • Multi-project organisations
  • IR-70238
  • Hierarchical models
  • Project management

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