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Replacing project manager: reasons of replacement interpreted through the activity theory
Pori Unit of Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland.
Department of Industrial Management and Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6324-5425
Pori Unit of Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland.
2010 (English)In: PACIS 2010: Proceedings, 2010, p. 1828-1835Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this study the reasons for replacing a project manager (RPM) during an ongoing IT project are classified. We give an interpretation on a project through the lens of Activity Theory (AT) and examine the tensions leading to RPM through the principle of contradiction in AT. We interviewed four experienced supervisors of three large project-based companies in the IT field, reviewed a previous study on RPM, and used the concept of contradiction to interpret the types of RPM. We found six types of reasons for RPM (e.g., the project manager has not achieved the defined objectives) and underlying the contradictions we identified interests of the client, the company and project manager which all affect to the emergence of RPM. Our results entail implications for research and practice on RPM.

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2010. p. 1828-1835
Keywords [en]
project manager, turnover, activity theory, contradiction
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-65893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-65893DiVA, id: diva2:1191624
Conference
14th Pacis 2010, Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Taipei, Taiwan, July 9-12, 2010
Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved

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