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The project (management) discourse and its consequences: On vulnerability and un-sustainability in project-based work
University of the West of England.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Organization and management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5479-2563
2016 (English)In: New technology, work and employment, ISSN 0268-1072, E-ISSN 1468-005X, Vol. 31, no 1, 58-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, we examine how the discourses related to project-based work and management are drawn upon in the organising of contemporary work, and the implications they have for project workers. We are interested in how project workers and projectified organisations become vulnerable to decline, decay and exhaustion and why they continue to participate in, and so sustain, projectification processes. The critical perspective taken here, in combination with our empirical material from the ICT sector, surfaces an irreversible decline of the coping capacity of project workers and draws attention to the addictive perception of resilience imposed on and internalised by them as a condition of success and longevity. Under those circumstances, resilience is made sense of and internalised as coping with vulnerability by letting some elements of life being destroyed; thus re-emerging as existentially vulnerable rather than avoiding or resisting the structures and processes that perpetuate vulnerability.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2016. Vol. 31, no 1, 58-76 p.
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Business Administration
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Industrial Engineering and Management; Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-178079DOI: 10.1111/ntwe.12058ISI: 000373373700005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84961262655OAI: diva2:877324

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Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-08-16Bibliographically approved

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