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A contextual understanding of projects-The importance of space and time
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, Vol. 25, no 3, 327-339 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes the managing of high-tech projects in complex and dynamic settings. Building on recent developments in organization theory and knowledge management, we focus on the importance of understanding the ways in which project-centered activities are shaped in time and space, both in the organization itself and in a wider context embracing customers, consultants and suppliers. A longitudinal case study including semi-structured interviews, observations and secondary data wilt substantiate our findings. The study offers both theoretical and practical insights suggesting that projects are exposed to a varying degree of complexity and dynamics, calling for different managerial approaches. The analysis shows that boundary spanning has many dimensions that have to be considered in the management of projects in space and time. The article concludes by suggesting seven analytical categories for analyzing and understanding projects in their spatial and temporal contexts.

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2009. Vol. 25, no 3, 327-339 p.
Keyword [en]
Project, Context, Space, Time, Boundary spanning
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-139601DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2009.03.011ISI: 000269570600008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-139601DiVA: diva2:381741
Available from: 2010-12-28 Created: 2010-12-28 Last updated: 2010-12-28Bibliographically approved

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