With the increase in awareness about the wide range of issues and adverse effects associated with the use of conventional energy sources came an increase in project management research related to sustainability and sustainable development. Part of that research is devoted to the development of sustainable project typologies that classify projects based on a variety of external factors that can significantly impact these projects. This research focuses on developing a sustainable project typology that classifies sustainable projects based on the external institutional influences. The typology explores the influence of the coercive, normative, and mimetic institutional isomorphisms on the expected level of change, level of uncertainty, project team skills and experience levels, and the level of technology information exchange in sustainable projects. Two case studies are presented to demonstrate the use of the typology to classify sustainable projects based on the external institutional influences.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Center for Research in Energy and Environment (CREE)

Second Research Center/Lab

INSPIRE - University Transportation Center

Third Research Center/Lab

Intelligent Systems Center


This research is partially funded by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) and the Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department & Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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Institutional isomorphisms; Monte carlo; Project typology; Sustainable projects

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01 May 2020