- 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 presents a story and analysis of project management as a scientific field, its theoretical foundations, and some avenues for the future. It is a story about fragmentation, progress, and pluralism, i.e. the acknowledgement of a diversity of views and perspectives. The article, first, presents a summary of the present state of theorizing within the area, arguing that a number of different schools of thought and perspectives can be identified that give a better account of the developments made in the past ten to fifteen years compared to the common distinction into either rationalistic or organization theory traditions. Second, it discusses the importance of types and typologies in project management and suggests that there is a need to frame the specific phenomenon under study to seek commonalities and explore the differences among projects.
Jonas Söderlund is Professor at BI Norwegian School of Management and responsible for its executive education within the area of project management. He is a founding member of the KITE Research Group (Knowledge Integration and Innovation in Transnational Enterprise) based at Linkoping University. He has researched and published widely on the management and organization of projects and project-based firms and the evolution of project competence.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.