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How do you do?: On situating old project sites through practice-based studies
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, Vol. 5, no 3, 335-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this editorial is to reflect on the growing interest of situated project research.

Design/methodology/approach – The editorial is conceptual and relies on published work and the articles included in the special issue.

Findings – With this special issue it is found that practice-based studies, also called Projects-as-Practice studies, interested in the everyday activities of project practitioners, are multi-faceted and rich. What may also be seen is that practice-based studies are not yet a coherent area. However, it is more important that practice-based studies allow researchers to understand the organization less as an entity and more as a socially-accomplished task.

Research limitations/implications – Several implications for research are offered, including the need for studies that emphasize the small details of organizing, and that practice-based studies are not restricted to a certain methodology but depend on what a particular paper tries to accomplish.

Practical implications – With an ever-growing stream of research focusing on projects the guest editors argue that it is about time to look into the details of organizing. This could be accomplished through a number of ways but in this special issue it is proposed that approaching traditional areas with a conscious naivety when asking the questions may do it. For the practitioner, the special issue offers important insights into how things are done in practice, which may be used as a mirror or reflection upon their own practice.

Originality/value – This editorial and special issue offer insights for any academic interested in understanding projects differently.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012. Vol. 5, no 3, 335-344 p.
Keyword [en]
Projectmanagement, Research work, Organizations, Situation analysis, Projects as practice, Practice based studies, Situatedness, Contextualisation
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59109DOI: 10.1108/17538371211235362OAI: diva2:551034
Available from: 2012-09-10 Created: 2012-09-10 Last updated: 2013-03-19Bibliographically approved

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