Project management in the live entertainment industry: What is different?

Francis Hartman, Rafi Ashrafi*, George Jergeas

*Corresponding author for this work

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The live entertainment industry consistently delivers projects on time. Their overall commercial success is better than some traditional project management oriented industries, for example construction, which has a higher bankruptcy and litigation rate! This paper examines the practices of the entertainment industry, an industry that rarely, if ever, uses classical project management tools and techniques. This paper first identifies the primary cause of project success in this industry, the alignment of participants. The part of this paper is an assessment of the learnings between traditional project management industries' practices and those of the live entertainment business.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Critical success factors
  • Entertainment industry
  • Priorities
  • Project management
  • Project metrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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