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A project as a workplace Observations from project managers in four R&D and project-intensive companies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 33, no 4, 828-838 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Projects and project management work present what would seem to be a paradox. Although business and industrial companies regard projects as strategic vehicles for innovation and growth, it is doubtful whether project managers are seen as a similarly strategic asset, due to their working environment. This article, which is based on interviews conducted at four major Scandinavian companies, describes several empirical cases of a project as a workplace. In line with previous research we observe a challenging and in many cases exposed situation for many project managers. Our main finding is that a considerable part of what makes up a non-sustainable project work environment stems from the imbalance of power that exists between permanent and temporary organisational forms. The article concludes that a process of "deprojectification" of project employees, i.e. making the distinction between line and project work less distinct in organisations may actually lead to more sustainable project work.

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2015. Vol. 33, no 4, 828-838 p.
Keyword [en]
Project managers, Project as workplace, Permanent organisation, Temporary organisation, Sustainable work
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Other Social Sciences Business Administration Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252982DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.10.002ISI: 000353088400011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252982DiVA: diva2:812611
Available from: 2015-05-19 Created: 2015-05-18 Last updated: 2015-05-25Bibliographically approved

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