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Revealing the hidden facets of normative assessments: improving the management of major infrastructure projects through engaged scholarship

Maude Brunet (HEC Montréal, Montreal, Canada)
Sofiane Baba (Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada)
Monique Aubry (School of Business and Management, University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Sanaa El Boukri (School of Business and Management, University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Marie-Douce Primeau (School of Business and Management, University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Debra Dollard (Québec Ministry of Transport, Quebec, Canada)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 21 October 2020

Issue publication date: 21 January 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study focuses on the dynamic relationship between organizational actors and engaged scholars involved in a normative assessment conducted in a public organization managing major projects.

Design/methodology/approach

We build on a 15-month engaged scholarship experience carried out in the Ministry of Transport of Quebec. We explain and analyze the normative assessment process, using a storytelling approach and vignettes to explore four situated learning moments.

Findings

This study offers a deeper understanding of how normative assessment is conducted, and how situated and collective learning occur throughout. We find that both organizational actors and researchers learn through this process and synchronize their mutual learning such that researchers actually participate in a larger organizational transformation.

Research limitations/implications

Like any qualitative endeavor, this research is context-specific. We offer several research avenues to extend the applicability of findings.

Practical implications

This article could inspire organizations and scholars to collaborate on normative assessment during organizational transformation. This approach is of particular interest in the context of a worldwide pandemic where public and private organizations all have to adapt to new sanitary, economic, technological and social realities.

Social implications

In a context marked by growing concern for the research-practice gap and the relevance of scholarship, our study illustrates the development of a mutually beneficial collaboration between practitioners and researchers that enhances understanding of complex organizational phenomena and issues.

Originality/value

This research highlights the relevance of engaged scholarship and supports normative assessment as a social process to generate mutual learning.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the representatives of the Ministry of Transport of Quebec and study participants who made this research possible, the research team involved in the normative assessment, as well as guest editors and reviewers for their thoughtful comments and suggestions. The Ministry of Transport of Quebec mandated the original research team to conduct the normative assessment, but no additional funding was received for the production of this article.

Citation

Brunet, M., Baba, S., Aubry, M., El Boukri, S., Primeau, M.-D. and Dollard, D. (2021), "Revealing the hidden facets of normative assessments: improving the management of major infrastructure projects through engaged scholarship", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 59-86. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-02-2020-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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