Real option perceptions among project managers Academic Article uri icon


  • Effective and efficient planning for and management of project risk requires the management of uncertainty. Real options can be an effective tool for managing uncertainty and thereby increasing project value. As most managers do not use real options, but instead intuitively manage uncertainty, understanding the similarities and differences between decision-maker perceptions of real options and real options theory is critical for improving the use of real options for risk management. In the current work, an experiment using a simple uncertain development project and a simulation model capture managers perceptions of real options, including option values. Results show that subjects valued flexibility and conceptually understood option values in ways consistent with theory. Implications for real options research and development are discussed. 2011 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ford, D. N., & Lander, D. M.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Ford, David N||Lander, Diane M

publication date

  • January 2011