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An essay on ‘Homo Projecticus’: ontological assumptions in the projectified society
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2495-9676
The Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship.
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 315-319Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that as a consequence of the projectified society there is a need to consider the individual as inherently different from what rational and administrative decision-making ontologies suggest. ’Homo Projecticus’ is introduced as a new set of ontological assumptions, and the aim of this essay is to outline its characteristics and discuss its implications. In contrast to previous assumptions, we argue that the projectified society produces action seeking individuals who are guided by the notion that life is organized within multiple temporal contexts that both follow each other and exist in parallel. Thus, a key concern is how to create boundaries, or limits, in ways that enable action. Two key mechanisms are used: ‘time bracketing’ to define time limits, and ‘scope bracketing’ to define issues or tasks. Consequently, with an aim of completing tasks through appropriate actions, the rationality guiding decision-making and actions is ‘bounded by brackets’, which means that, in contrast to previous ontologies, the limits for rationality are created by the decision-makers themselves. Through bracketing, sensible segments are created, which enables action to be reached.

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Elsevier, 2022. Vol. 40, no 4, p. 315-319
Keywords [en]
Homo Projecticus, Ontology, Philosophy of science, Project studies, Project management
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-190454DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2021.11.004ISI: 000805814000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85120001706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-190454DiVA, id: diva2:1620465
Available from: 2021-12-15 Created: 2021-12-15 Last updated: 2023-06-01Bibliographically approved

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