Project management practice: the activities of coordination in a meeting
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of IRNOP VII project research conference, Beijing: China Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2006, 526-539 p.Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Is it really the case that more than half of a work day is lost to meetings? In this paper we have analyzed one meeting in a software company in terms of the activities of coordination. The framework of the paper relies firmly on a project-as-practice approach which focuses on practitioners, their actions and what shapes norms and beliefs. The findings suggest that there are above all two patterns of coordination present during the meeting; informal and formal coordination. These patterns in turn are continuously interacting - implying a constant exchange between local practice and accepted practices, here represented by the project plan. The implications of the paper are several both for researchers and project practitioners. Finally, is half the workday lost? Peter Drucker, we regret to say: No it is not!
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Beijing: China Publishing House of Electronics Industry, 2006. 526-539 p.
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119421ISI: 000242042400045ISBN: 7-121-03252-XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-119421DiVA: diva2:926657
7th IRNOP Research Conference, OCT 11-13, 2006, Northwestern Polytech Univ, Xian, PEOPLES R CHINA