Actor-Network Theory, Activity Theory and Action Research and their application in project management research

Copenhagen Business School Press
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Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational, 2013, 1, pp. 164 - 198
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Projects pay attention to activities, deal with relationships and involve change. Hence research approaches that are useful to examine activities or work practices (e.g. Activity Theory), investigate relationships (e.g. Actor-Network Theory) and facilitate change (e.g. Action Research) could be very useful for project management researchers. While some papers in project management (PM) journals report using these approaches we expect that they will become more prevalent in the future due to the recent demand for more emphasis on detailed investigation of what is occurring in real practice and the management of complexity in projects by describing interconnections. Further, realizing intended benefits from projects requires more attention to the change process that is often left out of the scope of managing a project.
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