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From the iron triangle to the hermeneutic circle: redescribing IT project management competency

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posted on 2022-03-28, 16:07 authored by Bradley Rolfe
The central claim of this dissertation is that contemporary IT project management is largely practised within the constraint of a dominant discipline, that of the 'scientific' project manager, for whom projects are defined in terms of the 'iron triangle' of time, cost and performance. It argues that identification with that archetype has been a limiting factor in the development of project management as a sophisticated human practice.


Table of Contents

Par I . The problem of project management. Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. A practice in crisis Chapter 3. A genealogy of project management Chap[ter 4. Opening the space of project management : the hermeneutic phenomenological interview Chapter 5. The philosophy of ironism -- Part II. A virtuoso competency framework for project management practice. Chapter 6. Attending to project management practice Chapter 7. Redescribing project management Chapter 8. 'Being-in' project management practice Chapter 9. Conclusion : making project management relevant.


Bibliography: pages 236-246 Thesis by publication.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Department, Centre or School

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Steven Segal

Additional Supervisor 1

Claire Jankelson


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