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Translation and convergence in projects: an organisational perspective on project success

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Alderman, Chris Ivory


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A range of theories (actor-network theory, multinodality, and sense making) are drawn together into a single model of project management processes in order to discuss project success and failure. It is argued that success and failure can be characterized in terms of a continuum between project convergence and divergence. The causes of divergence and convergence are discussed with reference to the above theories using four illustrative case studies.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Alderman N, Ivory C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Project Mangement Journal

Year: 2011

Volume: 42

Issue: 5

Pages: 17-30

Print publication date: 15/08/2011

ISSN (print): 8756-9728

ISSN (electronic): 1938-9507

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/pmj.20261


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