Blowing hot and cold on project management

Bredillet, Christophe (2010) Blowing hot and cold on project management. Project Management Journal, 41(3), pp. 4-20.

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The purpose of this article is to suggest a possible “meta” approach of the project management field—the unit of analysis—respectful of the various perspectives in existence, while providing an integrative ontological and epistemological framework. In order to do so, I first suggest what could be perceived as being the state of the field and its main constituting “school of thoughts.” Then I open the debate on what could be the ontological and epistemological perspectives enabling us to better take into account the diversity we face in considering the richness of the field. Based on these developments, I propose to address project management as a complex integrative knowledge field, which eventually will lead us to consider “modeling—developing specific convention—to do ingeniously” as acting and learning mode in the management of projects.

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ID Code: 49462
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: integrative ontology, epistemology, school of thought, complexity, modelling, convention theory, ingenium, project management
DOI: 10.1002/pmj.20179
ISSN: 8756-9728
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 03 Apr 2012 04:26
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2012 21:38

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