My life as a project : the phenomenology of project based organizing

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- The aim of this essay was to illustrate that my body of published works are equivalent to the level of theorising, research, and quality of a PhD. The essay addressed the key elements of a PhD (by publication). I first established the reasons, expectations and aims of starting and completing a PhD (by publication). I then introduced and discussed the key ideas of Schützian phenomenology. I emphasised the valuable and refreshing contribution Schütz's ideas can make when applied to the area of organization theory, and how my work has contributed to this approach in understanding organization and management theory, especially in relation to project-based organization. I then introduced and reviewed the literature in projects, and project based alliances, and discussed the contribution of my work to this area. In my thesis, project-based organizations are presented as ideal contexts within which to apply and develop the pragmatic phenomenology of Austrian philosopher Alfred Schütz. Drawing together all my publications to date I constructed an argument for the phenomenology of leadership in project-based organizing (PBO). Rather than PBO being a response to changing contingency factors, as contingency theory would have us believe, PBOs reflect the human desire for realising one's fantasies through action. As such projects are lively and potentially rewarding arenas of human endeavour. Drawing on my 4 years of longitudinal research conducted on a major project-based alliance between five major public and private organizations, I show how projects are dynamic contexts of human social action. I argue that it is through phenomenology that such social action is best understood. Humans are first and foremost social animals. The essay concludes with a discussion of where my work is heading and how this fits within the broader context of my current and future professional development. In the end, I believe I illustrate how my body of work thus far not only equals, but surpasses that expected of a PhD (by research).
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