A pragmatic sociological examination of projectification

Régis Barondeau (Department of Management and Technology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada)
Brian Hobbs (Department of Management and Technology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal, Canada)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Publication date: 3 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Boltanski and Thevenot’s Economies of Worth framework and the project world introduced by Boltanski and Chiapello are well known in the fields of sociology and organization theory, but have been largely ignored in the project management literature. The purpose of this paper is to introduce them into the literature on projects and projectification.

Design/methodology/approach

The framework and the project world are described in detail and compared with two streams of writings that are well known in the field of project management: Making Projects Critical and the project as a complex self-organizing emergent network.

Findings

The paper shows that the framework and the project world are relevant to research in project management and the understanding of the projectification of society.

Research limitations/implications

The framework and the concepts presented could be used in both conceptual and empirical research in project management, particularly the analysis of projects in which disputes occur among stakeholders. Several paths that future developments could follow are identified.

Practical implications

The framework can be used to better understand disputes and identify how they can be resolved or compromises can be found.

Social implications

The analysis by Boltanski and Chiapello showed that the evolution of management practice is linked to changes in society and in the dominant ideology.

Originality/value

The paper introduces a very valuable framework into the project literature.

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Citation

Barondeau, R. and Hobbs, B. (2019), "A pragmatic sociological examination of projectification", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 282-297. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-03-2018-0038

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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