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Making Projects Critical Initiaitive

Title: Making Projects Critical Workshops
Date From: 2004
Date to: current

Summary in Brief:

From MPC Web site: 'Making Projects Critical' is the title of series of international workshops intended to provide a forum for research from a wide range of critical perspectives relating to all aspects of projects, including project management, project based organising and the 'projectification' of society. Such critique finds inspiration in the writings of, for example, Bourdieu, Foucault, Latour, Habermas, Derrida, Deleuze, Gramsci Bauman, Beck, and Zizek. It also draws on Labour Process Theory, Critical Theory, Actor Network Theory, Environmentalism, Feminism and Gender Studies, Post-Modernism and other traditions broadly related to Critical Management Studies. Through the workshop, we hope to highlight and, where possible, remedy the theoretical and methodological limitations of traditional conceptions of projects and project management. In particular, the intention is to draw upon wider intellectual resources than the instrumental rationality, quantitative and positivist methodologies and technicist solutions which have been used traditionally to understand, implement and control organisational projects.

Who? Where?

Lead Researchers

Svetlana Cicmil and Peter Case

Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol

Damian Hodgson

Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Monica Lindgren and Johann Packendorff

School of Industrial Engineering & Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


Making Projects Critical (2006), an edited volume with 16 chapters, eds. Hodgson and Cicmil Palgrave :Basingstoke, UK and New York, USA;
-‘Project Management behind the Façade’, a special issue of ephemera: theory & politics with 7 contributions 9(2) May 2009

The Institute

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