Mapping the dynamic of Project Management field : Project Management in action

Bredillet, Christophe (2002) Mapping the dynamic of Project Management field : Project Management in action. In Proceedings of PMI Research Conference : Frontiers of Project Management Research and Application, Project Management Institute, Seattle, Washington.

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Focusing on the role within and between organizations of the project management discipline to design and implement strategy, as source of competitive advantage, leads us to question the scientific field behind this discipline. This science should be the basis for the development and use of bodies of knowledge, standards, certification programs, education, and competencies, and beyond this as a source of value for people, organizations, and society. Thus the importance to characterize, define, and understand this field and its underlying strength, basis, and development is paramount. For this purpose we propose to give some insights on the current situation.

This will lead us to clarify our epistemological position and demonstrate that both constructivism and positivist approaches are required to seize the full dimension and dynamics of the field.We will referee to sociology of actor-networks and qualitative scientometrics leading to the choice of the co-word analysis method in enabling us to capture the project management field and its dynamics.Results of a study based on the analysis of ABI Inform database will be presented and some future trends and scenarios proposed.

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ID Code: 49499
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: project management, theory, scientific field, dynamic of evolution
ISBN: 9781880410998
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 > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2012 00:51
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 01:51

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