Embedding Projects in Multiple Contexts: A Structuration Perspective
University of Massachusetts at Boston
March 31, 2010
International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 30-37, 2008
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Project organizing, Embedding, Temporary systems, Structuration theory
JEL Classification: M51, M54, M55, L82, J24, J44, J62, L14, D23, Z13, Z19, M11Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 2, 2010 ; Last revised: April 18, 2011
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