Dealing with the projectification of academic research – Practices of resistance andaccommodation in scientific laboratories
2013 (English)In: On practive and knowledge eruptions, 2013, 108- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Dealing with the projectification of academic research– Practices of resistance and accommodation in scientificlaboratoriesLeading and managing knowledge intensive firmsthat are populated by scientists and engineers, has longbeen conceived as a major challenge (Etzioni, 1964). It isgenerally assumed that such high-level knowledge workersare badly suited for traditional means of control, morelikely to respond to normative measures and unobtrusivetechniques. Looking at the dominant form of managementcontrol system within government funded researchin Sweden, this paper explores the role of the projectas a tool/technique that has emerged as somewhat of auniversal remedy supposed to respond to the challengesinvolved in leading high-level knowledge work.By consequence, it seems, project managementmethods and techniques are unequivocally called for tostructure, guide and control research efforts. Researchersare being forced to appropriate and use PM methodologiesin order to become viable for funding as well as inreporting procedures, and in the handling of the researchon a daily basis. We thus appear to be witnessing a projectificationof academic research, which is manifested inapplication frameworks, in the taxonomies guiding theresearch efforts, and in the daily coordination and reportingof activities undertaken.Our interest lies in exploring the workings of thisdisciplinary regime, and the potential conflict it entailsbetween researchers perceiving themselves and theirresearch activities as being involved, on the one hand,in a process whereby value unfolds in independent andspontaneous ways, and, on the other, in a process of mostinstrumental and tightly controlled value-creation. Howthese kinds of conflicts are being handled, and how thestrategies emerging in response to such a regime appearsto affect how the research activities are played out, is thefocal point of this paper.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 108- p.
Economics and Business Engineering and Technology
Research subject Business Studies; Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-205812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-205812DiVA: diva2:642668
22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference