A Heideggerian paradigm for project management: breaking free of the disciplinary matrix and its Cartesian ontology

van der Hoorn, Bronte and Whitty, Stephen J. (2015) A Heideggerian paradigm for project management: breaking free of the disciplinary matrix and its Cartesian ontology. International Journal of Project Management, 33 (4). pp. 721-734. ISSN 0263-7863

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify the new insights that emerge if key concepts in Heidegger's magnum opus Being and Time are applied to the phenomena of projects and their management. A theoretical approach is adopted with an introduction being provided to key Being and Time concepts, followed by the application of these concepts to the phenomena of projects and their management. A particular focus is on the relevance of Heidegger's ontology in underpinning the exploration of the 'lived experience' of project management and the disclosing of the actuality of project phenomena. It is found that key concepts in Heidegger's Being and Time (such as temporality, modes of being, being-in-the-world, dealing and the they) provide insights into various aspects of project management. The significance of such findings is demonstrated through a reconceptualisation of projects; and differentiation between, and reconceptualisation of project management versus project managing.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 00:36
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 05:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heidegger; managing projects; theory of research into project management
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2014.09.007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26728

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