Understanding project management practice through interpretative and critical research perspectives

Recent publications have called on researchers and practitioners to broaden the field's understanding of the practices and behaviors required to work in complex project environments. This article examines a research study--one using a qualitative approach grounded in critical interpretative perspectives of phronetics--involving practitioner views on project management knowledge and skills, a study that promotes an alternative approach for understanding and practicing project management. In doing so, it discusses the complexity and usefulness of qualitative research and the link between a study's methodology and both the knowledge the methodology creates and the proposition that emerge from this knowledge; it looks at the interpretative and critical research methodologies that can help the field create the knowledge that can help project managers perform more effectively.
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