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Goal seeking and goal oriented projects: trajectories of the temporary organisation
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5744-9445
Mälardalens högskola.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 8, no 2, 368-378 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


– The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the theory development of “temporary



– The paper advances the theory of the temporary organization by

applying a process ontological-perspective.


– This research note conceptualizes “the temporary organization” as constantly changing

across time and space; as shifting between two empirically driven modes:

“goal seeking” and “goal oriented.” This is done through the shift of the trajectory of the particular “project” at hand.

Practical implications

– Based on the theoretical suggestions in the paper, further research is

encouraged to find empirical support of and to develop its claims.


– Despite a call for taking the “organizing”-aspect of temporary organizations

seriously, there is still a need for theory development of the area. By introducing the concept of “trajectories” into the studies of temporary organizations, the paper builds a theoretical framework through which such studies may be undertaken.


Trajectory, Projects, Goal oriented, Goal seeking, Temporary organizations,

Temporary organizing

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Conceptual paper

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2015. Vol. 8, no 2, 368-378 p.
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Other Social Sciences Other Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-162229DOI: 10.1108/IJMPB-03-2014-0027ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84958549436OAI: diva2:797443

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Available from: 2015-03-24 Created: 2015-03-24 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved

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