Managing projects at the institutional level: A new project management paradigm?

Peter Morris, Joana Geraldi

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Project Management is widely seen as a discipline for delivering undertakings ‘on time, in budget, to scope’. This conception fails however to address how the development of these targets in the project definition stage is managed. Addressing this moves the discipline to a second and more strategic level, in effect creating a new paradigm for the domain. This paper proposes a third level of conceptualisation: the institutional, where management is focussed on creating the optimum conditions to support and foster project management, both in its parent organization and its external environment. Management here is done to and on the project rather than in it. Examples are given of issues at this level, addressed from several theoretical perspectives, not least institutional theory. We show that seeing management as related in concern at this level offers an enlarged research agenda that should result in improved performance, and may come to constitute a new research paradigm.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2011
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventIRNOP 2011 Conference - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 19 Jun 201121 Jun 2011
Conference number: 10


ConferenceIRNOP 2011 Conference
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