From Strangeness to Theory
By now project studies have come to the point where we as a scholarly community can no longer claim we are a young area of research. Since the 1960s project studies have developed a scholarly pedigree that spans a significant number of empirical contexts, methodological approaches and perhaps, most importantly, theoretical contributions. There are a number of reviews classifying the past and outlining the future; our intention is neither to repeat nor challenge these reviews (see Söderlund, 2004, 2011). Building on the insights gained from these reviews we do, however, identify three research streams that are particularly relevant to exploratory projects.