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Inquiring into the temporary organization: New directions for project management research
Umeå School of Business.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5479-2563
1995 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, Vol. 11, no 4, 319-333 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The theoretical field of project management (PM) can be described as a set of models and techniques for the planning and control of complex undertakings. The three main shortcomings of PM research and theory are identified as: (1) PM is seen as a general theory and a theoretical field in its own right, (2) research on PM is not sufficiently empirical, and (3) projects are seen as "tools." Instead, a diversity of theoretical perspectives should be employed in field research on "temporary organizations" in order to construct middle-range theories on different types of projects. These proposed future directions call for research on expectations, action and learning in project settings.

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1995. Vol. 11, no 4, 319-333 p.
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Project management, temporary organization, project organizing, organization theory
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47599DOI: 10.1016/0956-5221(95)00018-QOAI: diva2:455721
QC 20111115Available from: 2011-11-11 Created: 2011-11-11 Last updated: 2011-12-13Bibliographically approved

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