Understanding project management practice through interpretative and critical research perspectives
an application of agent-based simulation
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.