Chocolates, cats, dips and loops: the lived experience of managing projects

van der Hoorn, Bronte and Whitty, Jon (2015) Chocolates, cats, dips and loops: the lived experience of managing projects. In: IRNOP 2015: Building Partnerships Though the Power of Projects, 21-24 June 2015, London, United Kingdom.

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It is project work that powers the building, maintenance, and resilience of communities and enterprise. However, there is relatively limited exploration of the ‘lived experience’ of managing projects. This study uses an arts-based research method to elicit 16 project
managers’ personal experience of project managing. The findings indicate that project work is experienced as restoring messiness, confusion and disorder to certainty and order (often multiple times within the one project). The study further highlights the criticality of the
professional capabilities (thrownness) of project managers to move teams from uncertainty to certainty to enable projects to deliver for community and enterprise.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Unpublished.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 00:23
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 05:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: people and professionalism; lived experience of projects
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified

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