Embedding projects in multiple contexts – a structuration perspective

Manning, Stephan (2008) Embedding projects in multiple contexts – a structuration perspective. International Journal of Project Management, 26 (1). pp. 30-37. ISSN 0263-7863

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Projects are embedded in multiple systemic contexts, e.g. organizations, interorganizational networks and organizational fields, which jointly facilitate and constrain project organizing. As projects partly evolve in idiosyncratic ways as temporary systems, embedding needs to be understood as a continuous process linking projects to their environments. Using structuration theory, this paper argues that projects get embedded in multiple systemic contexts through the constitution of the very structural properties – tasks, times, and teams – that guide project activities. This implies that project constitution and embedding are inseparable systemic processes. This perspective on project constitution and embedding further elaborates a practice-theoretical understanding of temporary organizing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Project organizing, embedding, temporary systems, structuration theory
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Stephan Manning
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 18:16
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 07:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86274

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