Genealogical Ethnography: Process Thinking to Study the ‘Inside’ of Projects

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Project Management Journal, 2015, 46 (2), pp. 60 - 72
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Genealogical ethnography is ethnography that acknowledges the impossibility of representing the “real” world and that demands an uncomfortable reflexivity, while still placing a premium on observations and detailed reportage. This theoretical case, along with a coherent methodological approach and its subsequent application to projectorganization research, are presented in this article. Specifically, we learn how and why (1) using naturally occurring data; (2) a reporting style; and (3) problematizing confessional tales, together, build a formidable but simple toolkit for studying the “inside” of projects. As a result, the process-thinking capacity inherent to the established research paradigm of ethnography is stimulated.
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