Projects and performativity

A project is made up of tools and techniques, managers and models, strategies and structures; all important actors, which are expected to make things work within time, scope and budget of the project. This study, which is a three-year Ph.D.-project, delves into the situated and specific organisational practices of project management to explore how different technologies are used and constructed in organisational practice. How are seemingly rational actors (human and non-human) negotiated, translated and performed in diverse, entangled and conflicting networks?

The overall objective of the project is to investigate empirically how projects are constructed and managed in relations between humans, artefacts and technologies and thereby develop a theoretical and analytical understanding of how projects are practiced in heterogeneous and emergent networks.

Actor-network theory is the main theoretical inspiration and more specifically the works of Bruno Latour, Michel Callon and John Law. The concepts of translation and performativity are of special interest in the development of nuanced and situated answers to the central questions: What is a project? And what is project management?