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Projectification of Organizations, Governance and Societies

Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Implications

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  • Examines what the development of projectification means for organizations and societies around the world
  • Offers a multifaceted approach to the study of projectification
  • Throws important new light on this important yet understudied subject

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


About this book

This book is about projectification – a concept that captures the increasing reliance on “the project” in contemporary societies, governance and economies. Despite its significance, this development and transformation, not only of public and private organizations but also our working environment and way of living, has received little scholarly attention compared to other major societal movements. Since its conceptualization in 1995 the phenomena of projectification has grown in scope, and researchers beyond management and organization studies have argued for and applied a broader and critical perspective to what projects are and how we are to understand the term. This volume gathers researchers who critically examine the function and effects of “the project”, and analyzes the logic, politics, discursive practices and contexts of projectification. The book consolidates this research field by illustrating theoretical perspectives on, and empirical implications of, projectification.It also highlights the need for more research, and provides encouragements for other disciplines to scrutinize this phenomenon from other perspectives.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

    Mats Fred

  • Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Sebastian Godenhjelm

About the editors

Mats Fred is Associate Senior Lecturer in Public Administration at the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden

Sebastian Godenhjelm is University Lecturer in Political Science and Public Management at the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Projectification of Organizations, Governance and Societies

  • Book Subtitle: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Implications

  • Editors: Mats Fred, Sebastian Godenhjelm

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-30410-1Published: 01 July 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-30413-2Due: 01 August 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-30411-8Published: 30 June 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 234

  • Topics: Public Policy, Governance and Government, Industries

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