EGOS Sub-theme 39: Learning from Imperfect Projects

Over the past decade there has been growing interest in theorizing and researching temporary organizations, including recognizing the relevance of temporary organizing forms – in particular of projects – in society. One of the key challenges that has remained underexplored so far, and holds opportunities in this field of study, is the frequent failure of projects to meet their goals. Since complex projects, and in particular complex projects, regularly fail, a debate has unfolded looking at the disappointment and perception of failure, resulting in harsh criticism of project management.

Our answer to this question is that more serious, theory-informed empirical research of imperfect projects, including near misses and complete failures, would help to improve our collective understanding of this topic. We would like to encourage projects scholars to develop imperfect project management thinking by exploring what can be learned from near misses or failing projects. The deadline for submission of short papers is January 11, 2022. You can find more information in the full Call for Papers.

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