Project management, traditionally employed to implement projects, has developed into Organizational Project Management as organizations are increasingly using projects to deliver strategies. The emergence of program and portfolio management has also contributed to this move.
PM researchers need to become more innovative in their research approaches. They need to connect with the broader currents of social science in relevant fields such as organization theory. Outside the specific field there is a great deal that can usefully be imported, transformed and translated so that it is fit for project management research purposes.
The book broadens research methods and theory perspectives, drawing on contemporary approaches such as action research, soft systems methodology, activity theory, actor-network theory and other approaches adopted in related scientific and technological areas that are only recently being adopted. To achieve this, the editors have necessarily been eclectically inter-disciplinary in their contributor list. They have included contemporary research methods and designs from areas allied to project research, such as organization science, organizational studies, sociology, behavioral science and biology, providing innovative invitations to research design and methodological choice.
Overall, this book makes a significant contribution to the maturation and development of project management research as a specialism in the broader social sciences, one that is a less reliant handmaiden or under-laborer to purely technical issues but which appreciates that any material construction is always a social construction as well, one that implies episteme and phronesis, knowledge and wisdom, as well as tech ne or technique.
Project managers may not realize it but the most important aspects of what they manage are the meanings, interpretations and politic of projects and not merely the technical aspects.
«This book will be an indispensable reference for many academic researchers and writers in project management as well as a guide to 'pracademics'. Its strength lies in its ideas that are articulated by a collection of the brightest minds in PM research. This is a book that advanced degree students of PM should expose themselves to and for established PM researchers to read with interest as it represents an interesting and stimulating future in PM research directions»
Derek Walker, PhD, MSc Grad Dip (Mgt Sys)
Professor of Project Management ; Director of Research School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
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