Playing projects: identifying flow in the 'lived experience'

van der Hoorn, Bronte (2015) Playing projects: identifying flow in the 'lived experience'. International Journal of Project Management, 33 (5). pp. 1008-1021. ISSN 0263-7863

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The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the 'lived experience' of projects discourse. The research study uses an arts-based research method (musical improvisation on a xylophone and/or glockenspiel) to access the participant's perception of their experience of managing a project. Participants are then asked to explain their improvisation and therefore their experience. Key findings were that participants described their 'lived experience' of project managing as having 'ups and downs', including challenges and issues, and as experiencing variations in emotions over the project lifecycle. Csikszentmihalyi's flow theory is used to show that these 'lived experience' findings support a Heideggerian paradigm and personal perspective of what a project is. Projectness is not a characteristic of the activity itself. A project is a personal phenomenon defined in terms of the relationship between the individual or organisation and activity. It is dependent on capability versus the challenge presented by the activity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 02:14
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 06:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: theory of research; managing projects
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9002 Property, Business Support Services and Trade > 900202 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2015.01.009

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