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Temporary organizations and end states: A theory is a child of its time and in need of reconsideration and reconstruction
ESOL-MMTC, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0980-7877
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 6, no 3, 587-594 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to respond to the research note on the article “A theory on temporary organizations” by reminding readers about the lack of timelessness in the social sciences and alluding to some alternative theory formulations. Design/methodology/approachBy describing/analyzing the context within which “A theory” was developed, the notion that any theory is a child of its time is explicated. Thus, an understanding for the need for reconsideration and reconstruction in social science theory is created. FindingsA necessary step in the work is to come up with ideas as to how crucial elements get transformed and is related to social development. The argument is that when it comes to the use of the word project is under change which creates a tension as to the appropriate realm for a theory of temporary organizations. A theory building on the notion of end state appears to be useful. Practical implicationsA theory incorporating the notion of end state opens up for new ideas on how to manage projects. The traditional project management guidelines might inhibit good solutions to focused behavior. An end state approach is more open for changes in the environment and in ambitions. Originality/valueThe theme opens up for less rigid approaches in relation to traditional project management. The crucial role that planning beforehand is considered to have will be transformed to other mechanisms, triggering planning and rethink.

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2013. Vol. 6, no 3, 587-594 p.
Keyword [en]
Alternative theory formulations; Change management; Organizational behavior; Project as a changing concept; Project management; Reconstruction of theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28847Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84897965015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-28847DiVA: diva2:972481
Available from: 2016-09-21 Created: 2016-09-21 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved

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