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date: 25 July 2021

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The rise of the professional discipline of project management has been accompanied by a growth in the number of project management academics who seek to publish their work in highly rated management journals, especially those that require research to be positioned within an established theoretical field. A growing number of scholars have used project management as the context within which to conduct such theory-based inquiry from other perspectives. Important theory-based contributions to management practice have been achieved. This article argues that programs and program management provide further opportunities for researchers to apply and extend theory, thereby informing management practice in a number of ways and adding to an important body of knowledge. Program management has developed, and continues to evolve, as a managerial approach for coordinating primarily project-based activities and marshalling resources, and for the realization of complex, emergent endeavors.

Keywords: project management, management practice, theory-based inquiry, program management, project-based activities, resource use

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