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Projectification and the impact on societies

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

Guest Editors:  Prof. Dr. Yvonne Schoper, HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences, [email protected]
Helgi Thor Ingason, Reykjavik University, [email protected]

With the creation of the term “projectification” in the mid 1990s Midler foresaw a phenomenon that describes the current development in all societies (Midler, 1995). Projects are omnipresent and happen in all parts of the society (Lundin et al, 2015), even the private is life perceived as a project (Jensen, 2016). The degree of projectification in Germany, Norway and Iceland was measured in a first study and found out that about 30 percent of the national GDP is created through project work with an ascending trend (Schoper et al, 2018). Currently ongoing studies in five other national economies analyse if the projectification levels are different in developed or emerging countries. But what are the consequences of the global trend of projectification on the societies? In times of increasing automatisation and digitalisation of the standard line processes in organisations more people work in projects to realize the strategies of the executives, to create innovations, to develop new products or to improve the internal processes in organisations. Employment contracts are becoming increasingly limited to the duration of a project. This gives greater flexibility both to the employer and the employee. Long-term or life-long employment will become an exception. But what does this development mean for the individual, for an organisations and for the societies? What is the impact for the social security systems like unemployment insurances or pension systems? What does it mean for the planning of the private life? Projectification leads to better governance of public project through transparent processes. The transparent approval and execution of public projects like hospitals or high-speed railways leads to better way of value creation for a country. It is the aim of this Special Issue to lay down the various aspects of the global trend of projectification from the different perspectives.

Additionally, the SI title is also the theme of this year´s IPMA Research Conference from Sept 2-4, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following three themes:

• Status of projectification of societies
• Consequence of the global projectification trend for individuals, organisations and societies
• Public administration based on transparent project governance structures
• National project maturity levels / index measurement
• Value creation through projects/ project management for the society

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Deadline for submission of full papers: 31 July 2018

Midler, C. (1995), "Projectification" of the Firm: The Renault Case", Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 363-375.

Lundin, R. A., Midler, C. (1998). Evolution of project as empirical trend and theoretical focus. In: Lundin, R. A., Midler, C. (eds.) Projects as arenas for renewal and learning processes. New York: Springer, pp. 1-9.

Lundin, R. A., Arvidsson, N., Brady, T., Ekstedt, E., Midler, C., Sydow, J. (2015) Managing and Working in Project Society. Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations, Cambridge.

Jensen, A.F. (2012). The project society. Arhus: Aarhus University Press
Jensen, A.F., Thuesen, C., & Geraldi, J. (2016). The projectification of everything: projects as a human condition. Project Management Journal, Vol 47, No. 3, pp. 21–34

Packendorff, J., Lindgren, M. (2014) Projectification and its consequences: Narrow and broad conceptualizations. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 17, pp. 7-21.

Schoper, Y., Wald A., Ingason, H.T., Friðgeirsson, T. (2018) Projectification in Western Economies: A Comparative Study of Germany, Norway and Iceland. International Journal of Project Management, 36 (1), pp. 71-82.