Resistance and Accommodation of Project Management: A tale from the Ivory Tower of Academia
2012 (English)In: 6th Making Projects Critical workshop, Manchester Business School on April 16th-17th 2012, Manchester, UK, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper, drawing on an empirical study of academic researchers pursuing collective research projects in engineering-, natural- and medical sciences, address the dynamics of accommodation and resistance of project management technology such as tools, techniques and taxonomy. We ground our analysis of accommodation and resistance on three interconnected empirical questions. First, we want to question the means to manage, critically dissecting what skills and methods are in use for running complex research projects within university settings. Secondly, we want to question the authority or legitimacy to manage in the sense if, how and in what way project managers/coordinators have or may appropriate necessary legitimacy for applying such obtrusive management techniques such as project management prescribes. Third, we want to question the identity work (of the self and of the collective) of how potentially to mitigate ideas of freedom and independence with efficient coordination through project management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187127DiVA: diva2:573768
6th Making Projects Critical workshop, Manchester Business School on April 16th-17th 2012, Manchester, UK