The Challenges of Implementing Temporal Shifts in Temporary Organizations: Implications of a Situated Temporal View

Anne Live Vaagaasar*, Tor Hernes, Therese Dille

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We apply a situated temporal view to reveal the acute challenge actors face in making changes when their project moves toward its final deadline. A situated temporal view takes account not just of the dwindling time left to change the future but also the lingering past, the combination of which poses particular challenges to organizers. We discuss aspects of temporary organizing that make such temporal shifts challenging: the complex interplay between temporal structures and practices, multiple temporal orientations, and deferred timing of temporal shifts. We suggest ideas for further research to apply a situated temporal view to temporary organizing.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)420-428
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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Published online: 24. June 2020


  • Project
  • Shifts
  • Situated temporality
  • Temporary organization
  • Time frame

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