The Dark Side of Projects: Dimensionality, Research Methods, and Agenda

Giorgio Locatelli*, Efrosyni Konstantinou, Joana Geraldi, Tristano Sainati

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This article presents the dark side of projects, engaging project scholars and practitioners in discussions about sensitive, confusing, uncomfortable, challenging, and questionable phenomena, such as corruption, sexism, money laundering, modern slavery, waste of resources, and organizational politics. The dark side impacts people’s lives, questioning the legitimacy of projects as forms of work organization and the political and ideological systems shaping the projects’ context. Project scholars and practitioners need to be aware of the harm the dark side of projects may promote. Ultimately, we aim to build awareness, promote research, and help sensitize our community to the dark side of projects.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)367-381
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: 16 June 2022


  • Dark side
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Morality
  • Discrimination
  • Abuse of power
  • Politics
  • Intellectual irresponsibility

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