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Ekstedt, Eskil
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Ekstedt, E. (2019). Project work, a challenge to traditional work life institutions. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, 12(2), 267-281
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 267-281Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate and problematize how the expansion of project and temporary work challenges the traditional industrial work organization and its internal and supportive institutions. It highlights the transformation dilemma, which occurs when traditional industrial institutions are confronted by project organizations. It also discusses how one may prepare to meet these challenges.

Design/methodology/approach

The long-run incremental changes in organizational structures of the economy are described in an economic historical context, focusing on the organizational form of work and the employment regimes. Challenges, at the societal, organizational and individual levels, related to the “projectification” process are illustrated in considering the case of Sweden.

Findings

Project dense industries, like media, entertainment and consultancy, are growing faster than the rest of the economy. The share of project work in permanent organizations is increasing. More than a third of all working hours in industrialized countries, like Germany, was labeled as project work in 2013. This transformation challenges basic conditions for how work is designed and regulated, like the stipulated and uniform work time or the permanent and stable work place. Central institutions of today, like the labor law and the educational system, are challenged.

Social implications

“Projectification” challenges traditional conditions of work and work life institutions and organizations, like the social partners, the educational and law systems.

Originality/value

The paper brings together and problematizes several aspects of “projectification” of work life. It highlights what kind of challenges work and work-related institutions meet and discusses how to handle some of them, like education.

Keywords
Development, Organizational challenges, Information technology, Organizational structure, Project-based organization, Exploratory study, Human capital dimensions of projects, Multi-organizational projects
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393610 (URN)10.1108/IJMPB-02-2018-0033 (DOI)000479290200003 ()
Available from: 2019-09-25 Created: 2019-09-25 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved
Lundin, R., Arvidsson, N., Brady, T., Ekstedt, E., Midler, C. & Sydow, J. (2015). Managing and working in project society: Institutional challenges of temporary organisations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
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2015 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this book, leading authorities on project organizing explore the growing deployment of projects and other types of temporary organizations, with a focus on the challenges created by projectification. The way projects are coordinated and handled influences the success of innovation and change within organizations and is critical for strategic development in our societies, yet it is often at odds with the institutions of traditional industrial society. Drawing on both theoretical perspectives and real-world cases, this book sheds light on the transformation toward a project society and explores the effects, opportunities, and conflicts it has created. As change continues, the authors make a case for renewing institutions and mind-sets and provide a foundation from which to discuss societal changes for the future. This is an invaluable book for researchers and students in project management and organizational theory programs, as well as professionals involved in the management of projects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. p. 290
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-271289 (URN)9781107077652 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-01-07 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved
Ekstedt, E. & Henning, R. (2012). Svenskt mangement på export: exempel från Baltikum och Polen. In: Lars Magnusson och Jan Ottosson (Ed.), Den hållbara svenska modellen: innovationskraft förnyelse effektivitet (pp. 187-207). Stockholm: SNS Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Svenskt mangement på export: exempel från Baltikum och Polen
2012 (Swedish)In: Den hållbara svenska modellen: innovationskraft förnyelse effektivitet / [ed] Lars Magnusson och Jan Ottosson, Stockholm: SNS Förlag , 2012, p. 187-207Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: SNS Förlag, 2012
Keywords
svensk modell arbetsliv näringsliv
National Category
Economic History
Research subject
History; Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190994 (URN)978-91-86949-18-1 (ISBN)
Projects
Vinnova
Funder
Vinnova
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
Ekstedt, E. (1976). Utbildningsexpansion: en studie över den högre utbildningens expansion och ekonomins strukturella omvandling i Sverige under efterkrigstiden. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utbildningsexpansion: en studie över den högre utbildningens expansion och ekonomins strukturella omvandling i Sverige under efterkrigstiden
1976 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 1976. p. 176
Series
Uppsala Studies in Economic History, ISSN 0346-6493 ; 14
National Category
Economic History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-123441 (URN)91-554-0424-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
(English)
Note
With an English summaryAvailable from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2012-01-10Bibliographically approved
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