The praxis of ‘alignment seeking’ in project work

van der Hoorn, Bronte and Whitty, Stephen J. (2017) The praxis of ‘alignment seeking’ in project work. International Journal of Project Management, 35 (6). pp. 978-993. ISSN 0263-7863

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Alignment seeking is the process of reaching agreement on what needs to be done and on the process that should be followed to complete the activity. This empirical study extends the scope of the current project-as-practice literature by providing descriptions of how project managers actually achieve alignment. Photographs taken by the research participants are used to trigger discussion in semi-structured interviews that explore the praxis of alignment seeking in project work. The practices found to enable alignment seeking include: creating a vision; storytelling; seeding ideas; identifying and using personal drivers, and appealing to stakeholders and team members' sense of a ‘higher good’. This paper highlights how alignment seeking can be achieved ‘in practice’ by project managers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Student award winner of the USQ Publication Excellence Awards for Journal Articles published during the period July-September 2017. Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 23:49
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 04:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: project managing practice; alignment seeking; project managing tools; project-as-practice
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.04.011

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