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Researching Projects and Theorizing Families of Temporary Organizations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Jönköping International Business School.
Mid Sweden University.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

“What is a project?”, is probably one of the most repeated questions 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. At that, the temporary organization concept is unclear, both depending on context and on what characteristics are being studied. For some but not all researchers, the denomination temporary organization is thought of as a theoretical construct whereas projects refer to empirical phenomena. Attempts to define the two concepts 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 an effort to contribute to forwarding the research area towards more opportunities for more rigorous theorizing. 

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Keyword [en]
Projects, Temporary Organizations, Conceptual, Family resemblance
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92119OAI: diva2:739721
30th EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 3-5, 2014.
Available from: 2014-08-21 Created: 2014-08-21 Last updated: 2014-08-21

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