On an unexpected career path? Using Wittgenstein’s Family Resemblance concept to determine the power of projects to transform project management careers

Lloyd-Walker, Beverley, French, Erica L., & Crawford, Lynn (2015) On an unexpected career path? Using Wittgenstein’s Family Resemblance concept to determine the power of projects to transform project management careers. In International Research Network on Organising by Projects (IRNOP), 22–24 June 2015, London. (Unpublished)


The power of projects has been demonstrated by the growth in their use across an increasing range of industries and workplaces in recent years. Not only has the number of people involved in project management increased, but the qualifications and backgrounds of those people have also broadened, with engineering no longer being the only path to project management (PM). Predicting the career trajectories in Project Management has become more important for both organisations employing project managers and project managers building career portfolios. Our research involved interviewing more than 75 project officers and project managers across a range of industries to explore their career journey. We used Wittgenstein’s family resemblance theory is to analyse the information from the transcripts to identify the extent to which the roles of participants fit with the commonly accepted definition of project management. Findings demonstrate diversity of project manager backgrounds and experiences and relational competencies across these backgrounds that form and shape PM careers.

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ID Code: 90915
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Project, Project Management, Temporary Organisation, Career
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2015 03:24
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2015 11:00

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