Constructing the Olympic Dream: A Future Perfect Strategy of Project Management

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Show simple item record Pitsis, TS Clegg, SR Marosszeky, M Rura-Polley, T 2009-12-21T03:54:43Z 2003-09
dc.identifier.citation Organization Science, 2003, 14 (5), pp. 574 - 590
dc.identifier.issn 1047-7039
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper we investigate a uniquely complex organizational context - that of the fast-tracked large-scale project management of a significant piece of Sydney 2000 Olympic infrastructure, which we researched in terms of its management through the "future perfect." In a grounded analysis we resolved to track how the future perfect developed in the life of one large, complex project whose uniqueness meant that it was unable to be strategically planned in advance. We tracked the use of what we term "future perfect strategy" through analysis of data collected both in leadership meetings of the directing agency, "PALT" - Project Alliance Leadership Team - as well as in individual interviews that we conducted in and around the project, and through analysis of media coverage. Overall, the project was a success, but some problems arose along the way to completion. Largely, these were focused on issues of social rather than technical construction-something even the most strategic of plans cannot account for. As well as identifying some of the specific mechanisms for encouraging future perfect strategy that were used in the project, including encouraging "strange conversations," "playing end games," "workshopping," and "projecting feelings, concerns and issues," we also suggest some ways that the social construction issues might be handled in the future.
dc.language eng
dc.title Constructing the Olympic Dream: A Future Perfect Strategy of Project Management
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Organization Science
dc.journal.volume 5
dc.journal.volume 14
dc.journal.number 5 en_US
dc.publocation Linthicum, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 574 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 590 en_US BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 150302 Business Information Systems
dc.for 150311 Organisational Behaviour
dc.personcode 960853
dc.personcode 970530
dc.personcode 990705
dc.percentage 50 en_US Organisational Behaviour en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Future Perfect
dc.description.keywords Interorganizational Collaboration
dc.description.keywords Project Management
dc.description.keywords Strategic Management
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Management and Organisation Studies
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
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utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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