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Task lists as infrastructure: an empirical study of multi-project work
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5744-9445
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Economics and Management (Div.) (closed (20130101). (Industrial Management)
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, ISSN 1740-2891, E-ISSN 1740-2905, Vol. 4, no 3, 272-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Multi-project work is fragmented and unpredictable making project professionals continuously facing the risk of experienced control being reduced. In such work settings, there is an increased need for (temporary) sense making structures. In this article, the concept of infrastructure (Bowker and Star, 2002) is applied to multi-project work. The findings, which are based on 43 interviews with multi-project professionals, reveals that task lists are important infrastructures created for supporting sense making, control and prioritising. The task lists reduces ambiguity and uncertainty and thus bridge the gap between organisational demands and individual resources providing room for improvised action.

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2012. Vol. 4, no 3, 272-285 p.
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multi-project work, multi-project settings, infrastructure, sense making, project management, project control, project professionals, task lists, prioritising
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-60118DOI: 10.1504/IJPOM.2012.048225ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84952956453OAI: diva2:477295

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Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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