Managing and Working in Project Society


New book by leading European project management researchers describes the emerging global context for programmes and projects

4 January 2016 – London, UK and Stockholm, Sweden – Cambridge University Press has published an important new book titled Managing and Working in Project Society: Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations. The book is co-authored by professors Rolf A. Lundin, Jönköping International Business School; Niklas Arvidsson, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm; Tim Brady, CENTRIM, University of Brighton; Eskil Ekstedt, University of Uppsala; Christophe Midler, CRG, École Polytechnique in Paris; and Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin.

160105-pmwj42-project society-BOOKIn this book, leading authorities on project organizing explore the growing deployment of projects and other types of temporary organizations, with a focus on the challenges created by projectification. The way projects are coordinated and handled influences the success of innovation and change within organizations and is critical for strategic development in our societies, yet it is often at odds with the institutions of traditional industrial society.

Drawing on both theoretical perspectives and real-world cases, this book sheds light on the transformation toward a project society and explores the effects, opportunities, and conflicts it has created. As change continues, the authors make a case for renewing institutions and mind-sets and provide a foundation from which to discuss societal changes for the future. This is an invaluable book for researchers and students in project management and organizational theory programs, as well as professionals involved in the management of projects.

According to Jonas Söderlund, BI Norwegian Business School, “Many authors seem to be interested in telling others how projects should be managed. Fewer are telling people how we should understand the challenges associated with the project society. This is the focus of this book – to give us a new lens to understand our projects and the society in which we live. A group of international researchers have joined forces to write this book. I thank them for doing so. The book is much needed.”

More about this book can be found at http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107077652

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