Foucault’s governmentality and the issue of project collaboration

Stewart Clegg*, Johan Ninan

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The concept of governmentality has proven useful to analyse how the reflexive management of people within and without the project is conducted. In this chapter we explore the organizational theory of governmentality and its importance in project settings. First, we identify the specificity of project governance and relate it to the definition and discussion of governmentality by Michel Foucault. Following this, the use of governmentality within projects through project culture is discussed. Subsequently, the use of governmentality outside projects through social media is discussed. Finally, the chapter concludes by highlighting new directions for research with governmentality as the focal point, discussing the types of research questions that a concern with projects and governmentality raises and how addressing these might further develop project management as a field of enquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Complex Project Organizing
EditorsGraham Winch, Maude Brunet, Dongping Cao
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80088-028-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-80088-027-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameResearch Handbooks in Business and Management series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing

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  • Governmentality
  • Project governance
  • Juukan Gorge
  • Project collaboration
  • Project culture
  • Social media

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