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The performance of a project life cycle methodology in practice

In a deliberate attempt to shift the analytical focus away from critical examination of the underlying ideological assumptions of project management standards, this paper focuses on the performativity of a specific project life cycle methodology. It examines the differences between the critical school with project management and the science and technology studies (STS) inspired analytical strategy. Then the research methodology is introduced and the methodological consequences of the performative approach are explained. Brief descriptions of Alpha and Xanadu are described to provide an understanding of the case and empirical context on which the analysis rests. Next, the paper describes how Xanadu performs in practice. Through a case study, the article analyzes the effects and usages of the methodology in practice. This paper proposes to think of project methodologies as fluid objects, creating shifting and adaptable relationships between methodology and practice.
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