Coping and constructing: A narrative perspective on project dynamics

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Abstract

Recent studies on collaborative practices in large infrastructural projects address the importance
of discursive strategies and power relations in dynamic project arenas [1]-[3]. This paper focuses
on the coping narratives developed by contract team members during the building phase of a
large-scale infrastructural project. Coping narratives relate to the management based grand narrative
of the project and are produced and shaped in the process of sense making. By analyzing this
interaction and the developments in a specific sub-team of a project, which is faced with multiple
identity claims, this paper aims to contribute to the knowledge on how policies, views and decisions
on an organizational level work out in project teams. The empirical material relates to a recent
Dutch Mega-Project regarding the construction of a new sea defense and boulevard in Scheveningen.
This paper shows that developments, discourses and decisions on an organizational
level are of importance for the commencing coping narratives in project teams.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-102
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Building Construction and Planning Research
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Project Management,
  • Project Teams
  • Project Naratives
  • Intervention

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