Towards process studies of project leadership
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
In this paper, we draw on current research in the general field of leadership studies in order to suggest that process per-spectives are relevant and rewarding for inquiry into project leadership. Departing from a process ontology we argue that project leadership can be studied as series of social activities and events in which actors, projects and organizational contexts are all in constant an mutually interacting flux, rather than as traits, styles and competences of individual project managers. From such a per-spective, project leadership is seen as the ongoing social production of direction through construction and re-construction of actors’ space of action. This involves processes of continuous construction and reconstruction of (1) past project activities and events, (2) positions and areas of responsibility related to the project, (3) discarded, ongoing and future issues to be dealt with in the project, and (4) temporal rhythm and pace. Drawing on an in-depth ethnographic case study of an organizational change project, we show how the space of action and hence the direction of the project is in constant flux and becoming.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123345OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-123345DiVA: diva2:625717
11th conference of the International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP); Oslo, Norway, 17-19 June, 2013
QC 201403052013-06-052013-06-052014-05-22Bibliographically approved