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Researching and Theorizing the Temporary Organization and Project Families
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference (NFF), Reykjavik, Island, August 21-23, 2013. Track 11., 2013Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The “what is a project” question is probably one of the most repeated sentences in research related to projects and temporary organizations. The question is natural because if you are going to make assertions or grounded statements about any phenomenon, you need to be clear on what it is to make sense. Since the question has been repeated in several contexts the answers are also fairly disparate, at least if you believe in research as putting the phenomena and research results under scrutiny. Similarly, temporary organization concepts are unclear, both depending on context and on what characteristics are being studied. At that, for some researchers, the denomination temporary organization is thought of as a theoretical construct whereas projects refer to the empirical phenomena. Attempts to define have also been numerous in the past but the success in doing so has however been limited. As we want to promote pluralism and diversity we pose the question of how these concepts can be defined without hindering pluralism in understanding, development, and theorizing? In this paper, notions of family resemblance in a Wittgenstein meaning – the idea that it is not a specific trait, but a variety of traits that are shared by some, but not all, members of a family – are used in this effort to contribute to forwarding the research area towards more opportunities for theorizing.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-79709OAI: diva2:644013
the 22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference (NFF), Reykjavik, Island, August 21-23, 2013
Available from: 2013-08-29 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2014-02-10Bibliographically approved

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