The project manager is condemned to be free: a continental model of angst in projects

van der Hoorn, Bronte and Whitty, Jon (2015) The project manager is condemned to be free: a continental model of angst in projects. In: IRNOP 2015: Building Partnerships Though the Power of Projects, 21-24 June 2015, London, United Kingdom.

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This paper develops a continental philosophical model for angst (anxiety) in projects in an attempt to understand its sources and connections to the project manager’s recurring practice of decision-making. The model is grounded in the work of Heidegger and Sartre. It combines the concepts of temporal unity; the anxiety and despair that results from the freedom and responsibility to choose and the uncertainty of how others may act; and how perceived current choices are informed by past actions. The model highlights the sources of angst in projects, the criticality of soft skills for those involved in projects, and the affect of past experiences in the choices adopted by project managers and stakeholders.

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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Additional Information: Unpublished.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 00:30
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 05:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety (angst); decision-making (choice); continental philosophy
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified

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