Work Liminality in Project-Based Work: Liminality Competence and Liminality Practices
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
This is an exploratory paper focusing on people who are engaged in work characterized by ‘work liminality’. Work liminality denotes certain types of work in which organizational ambiguity is significant and which is performed in loosely-knit teams. Building on prior research, such situations call for individual to hold liminality competence. However, so far, research has only marginally addressed the nature and development of such competence. This paper seeks to fill this void by studying in further depth individuals who hold high liminality competence. Based on a qualitative study of two mobile project workers, the findings indicate that high liminality competence to a great extent is associated with reflexivity and more specifically the ability to reflect over current conditions and ones role in them. The paper furthermore offers ideas for future research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, Nordic Academy of Management, ISSN 2298-3112
Work liminality, Project worker, Liminality competence
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-73975DiVA: diva2:479561
Nordic Academy of Management (NFF), Reykjavik, Island, August 21-23, 2013