The current state of project management knowledge: A misunderstanding

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Conference Proceeding
Citation:
2016
Issue Date:
2016-09-02
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Project management is a field that is very proud of its practical knowledge and knowing-in-action. However, as a field of study it is unsure about the validity of its underlying theoretical knowledge, or even if there is such a thing. Project management has attracted interest from a variety of scholars and researcher, and has therefore produced a diverse body of project management theories. With such variety and diversity comes confusion and ambiguity in terms of which theories are right or wrong, and better or worse. This paper will reflect on the current state of the field and propose a solution to the aforementioned struggle by suggesting that existing theoretical knowledge should be treated as working theories. The concept of working theories essentially describes – similar to working hypothesis –a provisionally accepted truth that serves as a starting point for inquiry with the aim to produce a satisfactory outcome.
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