Should project management get carried away?

Should project management get carried away?

In a upcoming book chapter, published in “Advancing Research on Projects and Temporary Organizations“, Johann Packendorff raise the following concern:

At a time when project management research could actually start to inform the developments of organization theory, the field instead withdraws, “gets carried away”, promoting the project form rather than making it subject to informed critical inquiry. I will also suggest three practical ways for project management scholars to expand the relevance of project studies to organization studies in general: (1) treating ‘the project’ as label and metaphor, (2) treating phenomena in projects as cases of other things than projects, and (3) always reflect over the perspective taken and for who research is relevant.” (Packendorff 2013)

For the upcoming 08:23, let’s read and discuss the book chapter. The chapter can in its full length be downloaded here.

For those of you who don’t know Johann, he is a former USBE employee who is now a Associate Professor of Industrial Economics and Management at KTH. You can find more information about him here.