The five modes of comportment for project managing: disclosing the tacit in project work

van der Hoorn, Bronte and Whitty, Stephen J. (2019) The five modes of comportment for project managing: disclosing the tacit in project work. International Journal of Project Management, 37 (3). pp. 363-377. ISSN 0263-7863


Abstract

This study makes two contributions to the discussion of tacit knowledge in project managing. Firstly, it provides a framework to examine the tacit aspects of project managing based on the Heideggerian concept of comportment. Secondly, it identifies five modes of comportment that are common across the study participants. Comportment is concerned with what humans are directed towards and how their attunement with equipment in their day-to-day life of coping reflects this directedness. Our study uses photo elicitation and semi-structured interviews to reveal the comportments that practicing project managers adopt towards the equipment in their practice. We propose that the framework and modes of comportment will provide a useful research tool for exploring the tacit in project work and an alternative framework for project management education that aligns with both the ‘lived experience’ and critical project management agendas.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 02:36
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: project management practice; tacit; Heidegger; comportment
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2019.01.009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36221

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