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Front. Eng    2018, Vol. 5 Issue (2) : 133-149     https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FEM-2018088
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Planning projects with scarce resources: Yesterday, today and tomorrow’s research challenges
Mario VANHOUCKE()
Ghent University, Tweekerkenstraat 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium; Vlerick Business School, Reep 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium; UCL School of Management, University College London, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5AA, United Kingdom
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This paper is an invited request to describe the main research challenges in the domain of resource-constrained project scheduling. The paper is split up in three parts. In today’s challenges, research endeavors that have received a significant, but still not enough, attention have been described. In tomorrow’s research challenges, some promising research avenues for future research have been given. Finally, in yesterday’s challenge, a research topic that started decades ago, is said to have still a huge potential in tomorrow’s research agenda. This paper does not intend to give a full literature overview, nor a summary of all possible research paths. Instead, it is inspired from the author’s experience in academic research and practical consultancy and it serves as a personal opinion on a non-exhaustive set of promising research avenues, rather than giving a full literature-based advice for future research directions.

Keywords project management      project scheduling      resource constraints      PERT/CPM      RCPSP     
Corresponding Authors: Mario VANHOUCKE   
Just Accepted Date: 10 April 2018   Online First Date: 28 April 2018    Issue Date: 28 June 2018
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Fig.1  Project scheduling: current challenges and future directions
Fig.2  Impact of activity assumptions
Fig.3  Research design for learning experiments
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