- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Towards the Third Wave of Project Management
- A Brief History of Project Management
- Theoretical Foundations of Project Management: Suggestions for a Pluralistic Understanding
- The Evolution of Project Management Research: The Evidence from the Journals
- Prospects for Professionalism in Project Management
- The Project Business: Analytical Framework and Research Opportunities
- Projects and Partnerships: Institutional Processes and Emergent Practices
- Project Ecologies: A Contextual View on Temporary Organizations
- The P-Form Corporation: Contingencies, Characteristics, and Challenges
- Implementing Strategy through Projects
- Program Management: An Emerging Opportunity for Research and Scholarship
- Projects and Innovation: Innovation and Projects
- Project Governance
- Over Budget, Over Time, Over and Over Again: Managing Major Projects
- Managing Risk and Uncertainty on Projects: A Cognitive Approach
- Information Management and the Management of Projects
- Shaping Projects, Building Networks
- Innovating the Practice of Normative Control in Project Management Contractual Relations
- Trust in Relational Contracting and as a Critical Organizational Attribute
- Knowledge Integration in Product Development Projects: A Contingency Framework
- Leadership And Teamwork In Dispersed Projects
- Projects-as-Practice: New Approach, New Insights
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article mainly focuses on projects-as-practice based in the social sciences, and it suggests that the situated practice side of a social phenomenon is also important as a basis of study for understanding what is done. While the study is empirical, it focuses on the actions and actors involved in building or organizing environments, rather than simply looking at aggregated social processes or structures. With this approach, projects are seen as the sum of the actions of the people involved, which emphasizes both how people involved in projects act and how their typical workdays are structured. This may shed light on areas such as the importance of project management practice for strategic organizational change or the improvisation that is necessary for project execution.
Markus Hällgren is an Assistant Professor at the Umeå School of Business, Sweden. His primary research interest is projects-as-practice and organization theory applied to projects. He is currently studying the practice of managing deviations in construction projects and of managing innovation in distributed systems, as well as group dynamics in mountain climbing expeditions.
Anders Söderholm is a Professor of Management at the Mid Sweden University, Sweden, and is also serving as the Vice Chancellor of the university. His research interests are primarily project-based organizations and project management based on organizational theory approaches. He is the co-author of Neo-Industrial Organising (Routledge, 1999) and A New Grammar of Organizing (Edward Elgar, 2007).
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