Graduate School of Business


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Gayle Jesse


Project Life Cycle, Project Management, Actor-Network-Theory, Cause-and-Effect, Meat Industry


Business | Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Business Analytics | Other Business


Projects have been undertaken by the United States (U.S.) consumer ready meat industry to advance strategic objectives and provide consumers with desired food products. The management of the projects’ industry life cycles was impacted by diverse consumer groups’ continual demands for new and varied products. The problem addressed was the inefficient management of projects’ costs, scopes, and deliverables because of the shortened projects’ life cycles for consumer ready processing lines in the U.S. meat industry. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects inefficient management of condensed project life cycles had on stakeholders and deliverables. This study used in-depth interviews of participants involved with a variety of projects in the industry. The goal of this study was to explore the impact shortening the project life cycle had on the individuals and results of the project. This study provided a deeper understanding of the emotional effects on project stakeholders when the project life cycle process was compromised. A better understanding of causes-and-effects, as described by the participants, was applied to the Actor- Network-Theory. The resulting insights provided those involved with projects in this industry with an increased cognizance of activities that impact various aspects of a project. Following the processes of project management and the project life cycle were illustrated through biblical examples. Deviation from original project scopes have been shown to increase waste and jeopardize the desired results of projects.