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Pluralistic and processual understandings of projects and project organizing: towards theories of project temporality
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway. (KITE)
2013 (English)In: Novel approaches to organizational project management research: translational and transformational / [ed] Nathalie Drouin, Ralf Müller, Sankaran Shankar, Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2013, 117-135 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Project management (PM), traditionally employed to implement projects, has developed into Organizational Project Management, as organizations are increasingly using projects to deliver strategies. The emergence of program and portfolio management has also contributed to this move. PM researchers need to become more innovative in their research approaches. They need to connect with the broader currents of social science in relevant fields, such as organization theory. Outside the specific field, there is a great deal that can usefully be imported, transformed, and translated so that it is fit for project management research purposes. More trans-disciplinary, translational, and transformational approaches for conducting project-related research are required, and this book goes a long way to providing foundations for them. The book encompasses reflections on fundamental questions underlying any research, such as the type of knowledge sought, as well as the epistemological and ontological assumptions. It broadens research methods and theory perspectives, drawing on contemporary approaches, such as action research, soft systems methodology, activity theory, actor-network theory, and other approaches adopted in related scientific and technological areas that are only recently being adopted. To achieve this, the book's editors have necessarily been eclectically interdisciplinary in their contributor list. They have included contemporary research methods and designs from areas allied to project research - such as organization science, organizational studies, sociology, behavioral science, and biology - providing innovative invitations to research design and methodological choice. Overall, this book makes a significant contribution to the maturation and development of project management research as a specialty in the broader social sciences, one that is a less-reliant handmaiden or under-laborer to purely technical issues, but which appreciates that any material construction is always a social construction as well, one that implies episteme and phronesis, knowledge and wisdom, as well as techne or technique. Project managers may not realize it, but the most important aspects of what they manage are the meanings, interpretations, and politics of projects, and not merely the technical aspects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press, 2013. 117-135 p.
, Advances in Organization Studies, ISSN 1566-1075 ; 29
Keyword [en]
Management Research
Keyword [sv]
Projektledning forskning, Projektarbete forskning
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-101368ISBN: 978-87-630-0249-3OAI: diva2:666080
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2014-10-28Bibliographically approved

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