Developing organizational project management capability

theory and practice

Project management has evolved because of the ongoing conversations between practitioners and researchers. It is the dynamic between these forces that is helping the field better understand the nature of project management. This paper examines the relationship between current theory and practice in the area of organizational project management (OPM), using discourse analysis to study how the literature reflects actual practice and how one organization's project professionals use theory in their practice. In doing so, it explains the purpose of discourse analysis and identifies the two discourses analyzed in this paper: the discourse played out in the field's literature (conference papers, journal articles, standards, presentations) and the discourse shared--over a four-year period--among the studied organization's owners of project management.
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