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Revealing gaps in the project management literature: an application of multi-paradigm review to explanations of megaproject governance

Sanderson, Joseph (2013) Revealing gaps in the project management literature: an application of multi-paradigm review to explanations of megaproject governance. Discussion Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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A multi-paradigm literature review methodology, ‘interplay’, is applied to alternative explanations of megaproject governance and performance. A two-fold categorisation of explanations, functionalist and interpretivist, is employed. The key insight is that despite important differences in epistemological orientation these two categories of explanation are essentially ‘performative’, which is expressed through a shared acceptance of the notion of actor farsightedness. This means that governance in megaprojects is primarily understood as static, convergent and patterned forms of organization (made order), while governance as discontinuous, divergent and fluctuating micro-processes of organizing is ignored. Having identified this explanatory gap, the article concludes with a call to refocus project governance research to include proper consideration of the multiple processes of organizing through which actors use, reproduce and transform governance as made order.

Type of Work:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:49
Department:Birmingham Business School
Date:05 June 2013
Series/Collection Name:Birmingham Business School Discussion Paper Series
Keywords:multi-paradigm review; paradigm interplay; functionalism; interpretivism; megaprojects; governance
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Copyright Status:This discussion paper is copyright of the University, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:The Authors and the University of Birmingham
ID Code:1722

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