Continental thinking: a tool for accessing the project experience

van der Hoorn, Bronte (2016) Continental thinking: a tool for accessing the project experience. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 9 (4). pp. 865-891. ISSN 1753-8378

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to outline a research agenda for the phenomena of projects grounded in Continental philosophy concepts as an alternative to the dominant Analytical thinking.

Design/methodology/approach: A theoretical exploration of Continental concepts in generic terms; discussion of the examples of discourse on various philosophical lenses in different disciplines; discussion of extant examples in the project literature of Continental themes; conceptualisation and discussion of the Continental research agenda.

Findings: The integrated Continental research agenda proposes three key themes: experience, projectyness and being. This interpretive lens is important for providing an alternative worldview to the dominant Analytical viewpoint.

Originality/value: The paper provides an integrated Continental framework (drawing on a variety of Continental themes) for the conceptualisation of, and inquiry into the experience of project work. It highlights how our worldview impacts our interpretation of phenomena.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 05:57
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: continental philosophy; lived experience; project management theory
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/IJMPB-06-2015-0044
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29903

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