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Project Team Rewards
Research Design
instead of ‘rewards’
also were considered. Wherever possible, wildcards and
logical operators were used for the search
. The author then selected documents that
seemed relevant to him either by the title or after reading the abstract. In addition, project
management literature and reward literature were selected from the library by skimming
through the literature’s table of content. The found literature then was analysed, notes
were taken, and first ideas were captured. Then, additional research was performed,
searching more specifically on certain topics. Again, notes were taken and ideas captured.
In a third round, more research
was performed to support or reject the ideas that had been
built. Finally, the thesis
was written. Overall, 522 documents were researched to answer
the research questions
. From these, 208 are directly referenced in this thesis
(see 8.
Literature, p. 65)
This thesis’
research was mainly based on academic literature such as academic books
and journal articles. Occasionally magazine articles, professional books, and websites
were considered. A search for relevant newspaper articles in the database Factiva brought
no relevant results. The focus was on academic literature because this type of literature
provides the most reliable data (Stewart & Kamins 1993). Within the academic literature,
no distinction was made between different journals or publishers. They all were initially
considered as long as the articles or books provided new ideas or perspectives that were
considered relevant to the research. An evaluation of the literature’s quality was performed
The author has tried to receive literature from as many sources as possible to receive an
objective and extensive impression of the relevant topics (see Table 12, next page,
for a
list). Nevertheless, all of the listed sources are subject to some limitations. Libraries and
(electronic) databases provide only a small selection of the existing literature. Ultimately,
Most databases allow
search-terms such as “project* AND team* AND reward*” which would find a
document with the title “Managing Projects: Rewards for Project Teams”.
522 is the number of documents that have been stored on the author’s computer or have been loaned or
copied from libraries. All documents were at least partly reviewed. 
Thirty-two of the 208 documents are not in direct relation to the research questions’ answers but to other
sections such as the research design section.
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