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Projects-as-Practice

Markus Hällgren and Anders Söderholm

in The Oxford Handbook of Project Management

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199563142
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199563142.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Projects-as-Practice

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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.

Keywords: projects-as-practice; social sciences; social processes; workdays; project management practice; project execution; organizational change

Article.  8266 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Operations Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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