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How do you do? On situating old project sites through practice-based studies: On situating old project sites through practice-based studies
Umeå Universitet.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. (Industriell Teknik)
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, Vol. 5, no 3, 335-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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AbstractPurpose – The purpose of this editorial is to reflect on the growing interest of situated project research. Design/methodology/approach – The editorial is conceptual and relies on published work and the articles included in the special issue.Findings – With this special issue it is found that practice-based studies, also called Projects-as-Practice studies, interested in the everyday activities of project practitioners, are multi-faceted and rich. What may also be seen is that practice-based studies are not yet a coherent area. However, it is more important that practice-based studies allow researchers to understand the organization less as an entity and more as a socially-accomplished task.Research limitations/implications – Several implications for research are offered, including the need for studies that emphasize the small details of organizing, and that practice-based studies are not restricted to a certain methodology but depend on what a particular paper tries to accomplish. Practical implications – With an ever-growing stream of research focusing on projects the guest editors argue that it is about time to look into the details of organizing. This could be accomplished through a number of ways but in this special issue it is proposed that approaching traditional areas with a conscious naivety when asking the questions may do it. For the practitioner, the special issue offers important insights into how things are done in practice, which may be used as a mirror or reflection upon their own practice.Originality/value – This editorial and special issue offer insights for any academic interested in understanding projects differently.Keywords Project management, Research work, Organizations, Situation analysis, Projects as practice, Practice based studies, Situatedness, ContextualisationPaper type Conceptual paper

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2012. Vol. 5, no 3, 335-344 p.
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Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-180909DOI: 10.1108/17538371211235362OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-180909DiVA: diva2:552091
Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2012-12-28Bibliographically approved

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