Advancing Research on Projects and Temporary Organizations – important new book published by Copenhagen Business School Press


19 January 2014 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Copenhagen Business School has announced the publication of an important new book for both project management practitioners and researchers – Advancing Research on Projects and Temporary Organizations by Rolf A. Lundin and Markus Hällgren (editors).  The main focus of the book is on advances in research on projects and temporary organizations.

140119-pmwj19-advancing-IMAGEThere is a wide range of interesting advances in research on projects and temporary organizations emerging around the world. The selection presented in the book illustrates the current width of the research and themes either coming from organizational theory or inspiring organizational theory and related scientific endeavors. 

Advance praise for the book from leading academic researchers includes:

“Drawing on some of the most interesting contributors to the field, this book should be read by anyone interested in seeing projects as a social accomplishment in which people, rather than systems, have the most pertinent role.”  Stewart Clegg, Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

“The contributions of this book provide an excellent overview of what is hot in the field. It is an interesting read for everyone who works in or manages projects or other kinds of temporary organization.” Jörg Sydow, Professor of Management, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

“This book deals with complexities that are to be found in contemporary literature on projects and temporary organizations. It is a must read for anyone, academic or practitioner alike, that is interested in learning about, and using, projects or other forms of  temporary organizations. The authors bring to light the importance of understanding projects as social processes that cannot be understood in isolation.” Rodney Turner, Professor, Kingston Business School, London, United Kingdom .

Rolf A. Lundin received his PhD at the University of Chicago in the early 1970s, and is now a professor of Business Administration and working for the Media Management and Transformation Center at the Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden. He is a leading researcher in the field of project-based organizing and the promoter of a social system view of projects. He was the founding editor of

the Scandinavian Journal of Management and has published widely in journals in the project field, as in the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, International Journal of Project Management, and in books.

Markus Hällgren defended his thesis in 2009 at the Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Sweden. The topic of the dissertation was positioned within organization theory in general, and on the management of unexpected events in large industrial projects. In 2010 he was promoted to associate professor at the same unit, and received a three-year postdoc stipend from Handelsbankens Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius fund. In 2011 he received Umeå University’s Promising Young Researcher Award, the Literati networks Highly Commended Paper Award, and in 2012 the Royal Skyttean Fellowships Award for Promising Young Scholars within the Social Sciences. Since 2010 he has been a visiting researcher at Uppsala University, and in 2011‑13 visiting researcher at Stanford University. Currently he is the principal investigator of a four-year research project on the everyday decision-making in extreme environments such as high-altitude mountaineering and emergency-department operations (http://www.tripleED.com).  In addition to TripleED, he has a keen interest in what has come to be known as Projects-as-Practice and the methodological and theoretical issues surrounding temporary organizing. 

Copenhagen Business School Press is a specialized academic publisher of books on management, economics, and organisation. We are affiliated with Copenhagen Business School (CBS), one of the largest and most dynamic business schools in Europe. CBS provides the Press with academic resources of the highest level, including a diverse cadre of experts who assist in our rigorous peer review process. Originally formed in 1917, the Press became an imprint of the Danish publishing house Samfundslitteratur in 2008 though it maintains its close relationship to Copenhagen Business School. With a focus on publication, promotion, and distribution of English language titles for the Scandinavian and global markets, the Press publishes around 20 new titles annually. Some of these titles are published in cooperation with regional partners, Liber AB in Sweden and Universitetsforlaget in Norway. More at http://www.cbspress.dk/Home.816.0.html

Advancing Research on Projects and Temporary Organizations, by Rolf A. Lundin and Markus Hällgren (eds.), Copenhagen Business School Press; Liber (2014); ISBN 978-87-630-0248-6; 312 kr. ; 284 pages; More about the book at http://www.cbspress.dk/Visning-af-titel.848.0.html?&cHash=0dad7c963f696b68f4bee0bd5bd1243c&ean=9788763002486