Bright and Dark Spots in Project Studies: Continuing Efforts to Advance Theory Development and Debate

Joana Geraldi*, Jonas Söderlund, Alfons van Marrewijk

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In this special issue, we encouraged project scholars to be bold and construct their voices. We now reflect on the results, which include the bright spots in four areas: project organizing (organizing and collaborating in and between projects), project value (organizing value in and through projects), project citizenship (living in and through projects), and project scholarship (reflecting on project theorizing and scholarship). We then dared to voice our views on three dark spots: a lack of diversity in the project scholars’ ethnicities, geographies, and genders; in disciplines that extend beyond management and organization studies; and in modes of reflexivity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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Published online: 15 Apr 2021.


  • Project studies
  • Reflexity
  • Theory development
  • Essay
  • Scholarship

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