Dealing with Work Liminality, Developing Liminality Competence: An Interpretative Study of Mobile Project Workers in Advanced Engineering
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This research focuses on individuals who are highly affected by the ongoing ‘flexibilization’ of work, namely mobile project workers. These workers are temporarily hired to take part in high-tech projects together with both employees in the client’s organizations and other technical consultants. Since they are affected by both structural and manpower-related flexibilization, their situation can be denoted as one of liminality; characterized by temporality, ambiguity and unclear loyalties. This interpretative study, based on diary entries and interviews, takes on a holistic view on how mobile project workers perceive their work and it furthermore identifies specific competencies they develop to deal with work liminality. The study suggests there are three primary liminality conceptions that mobile project workers hold and that the three conceptions exhibit varying degrees of liminality competence.
Liminality, Project members, Competence, Technical consultants, Engineers, Mobility
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73974OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-73974DiVA: diva2:479559