Shikumidukuri vs. one best (no) way!
To push the field forward, project management researchers must find a balance between the practitioner's need for application-oriented technical case studies examining how to apply practices against the scholar's desire its need for theoretical-based social science investigations detailing approaches to developing competencies. This editorial discusses this dilemma in relation to reviewing the preliminary findings of a Project Management Journal readership survey. In doing so, it describes the link between practice and learning and defines the concept of praxis. It then examines how project professionals can transfer lessons learned to specific future situations via three methods: analogy, metaphor, and archetypes. It explains the purpose and process of applying these three methods.