Performing Projects with Constant Connectivity: Interplay of Consulting Project Work Practices and Smartphone Affordances

22 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2016

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Bijan Azad

American University of Beirut

Randa Salamoun

American University of Beirut - Olayan School of Business

Anita Greenhill

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Trevor A. Wood-Harper

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

The broad view of projectification and the broader perspective on constant connectivity have produced insights that question the conventional wisdom. However, how project practices are mediated by constant connectivity is under‐explored and under‐theorized. We conduct a case study of the interplay between consulting project work practices and constant connectivity to address this gap. Our findings point to three potential insights. First, we highlight that consulting projects in the focal context are characterized by clockwork coordination logic. Second, we show there is affinity between front‐stage practices and synchronous smartphone affordances on the one hand as well as between backstage practices and asynchronous smartphone affordances on the other. Third, we describe how clockwork coordination and connectivity affordances give rise to decoupling of legacy timespace from backstage practices while reinforcing the legacy timespace of the front‐stage practices. Our work extends the literature via a highly nuanced and differentiated understanding of the focal phenomena.

Keywords: projects, constant connectivity, practices, affordances, timespace.

Suggested Citation

Azad, Bijan and Salamoun, Randa and Greenhill, Anita and Wood-Harper, Trevor A., Performing Projects with Constant Connectivity: Interplay of Consulting Project Work Practices and Smartphone Affordances (March 2016). New Technology, Work and Employment, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp. 4-25, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2753325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12061

Bijan Azad (Contact Author)

American University of Beirut ( email )

Beirut, 0236
Lebanon

Randa Salamoun

American University of Beirut - Olayan School of Business ( email )

Bliss Street
Beirut 1107 2020
Lebanon

Anita Greenhill

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

P.O. Box 88
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Trevor A. Wood-Harper

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

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