Project management artefacts and the affective emotions they evoke

Whitty, Stephen Jonathan (2010) Project management artefacts and the affective emotions they evoke. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 3 (1). pp. 22-45. ISSN 1753-8378

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the variety of affective emotions that are evoked in extant project management (PM) practitioners by various PM artefacts.

Design/methodology/approach – A phenomenological methodology is used for eliciting, through self-reporting and observation of gesture, the affective responses and consequential emotions experienced by PM practitioners as they interact or recount previous interactions with various
artefacts of PM.

Findings – This paper suggests that PM is prevalent in the Western corporate environment because project managers obtain an emotional affect from aspects of the PM experience, and project managers utilise various PM artefacts to emotionally manipulate their environment to their own advantage.

Practical implications – The paper argues for a PM environment which is founded on evidence-based practices. It suggests that future research should explore the links between PM, social architecture and flow theory.

Originality/value – This paper advances the evolutionary framework for PM research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Emerald).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2010 01:30
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 07:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: project management; artefacts; phenomenology; affective psychology
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1108/17538371011014017

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