Projectification : the Trojan horse of local government

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dc.contributor.author Fred, Mats
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-29T08:11:11Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-29T08:11:11Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 230 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-91-7753-452-5 en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-91-7753-453-2 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0460-0037 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24405
dc.description Syftet med denna avhandling är att begreppsliggöra projektifiering av offentlig sektor genom att besvara frågorna hur projektifiering yttrar sig i den kommunala praktiken och hur det påverkar kommunal organisering och kommunalt anställda. Avhandlingen är en institutionell etnografi som tar sin utgångspunkt i den svenska kommunen Eslöv och dess organisatoriska och institutionella omgivning. Med ett ”institutional logic” perspektiv och översättningsteori begripliggörs projektifiering som 1, spridning - vilket betonar den ökande användningen och utbredningen av projekt och projektidéer, 2, som omvandling och anpassning – vilket belyser processer för omvandling av "permanenta" organisatoriska aktiviteter till tillfälliga projekt och anpassning av de omgivande organisatoriska strukturerna, samt 3, organisatoriskt kapacitetsbygge – vilket innebär att projektlogiken sprids i lokala organisationer, inte i första hand genom specifika projekt, utan genom olika praktiker som uppmuntrar projektlogiken, vilket förstärker den kommunala organisatoriska projektkapaciteten. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims to conceptualize local government projectification by answering the questions of how projectification is manifested in practice, and what the consequences of the project logic are for local government organizations and their employees. An institutional ethnography is conducted in the Swedish municipality of Eslöv and its organizational and institutional surroundings. Through an institutional logic perspective informed by translation theory, local government projectification is conceptualized as a process of proliferation, transformation and adaptation, as well as organizational capacity building. Projectification as proliferation emphasizes the increasing use and diffusion of projects and project ideas. Projectification as transformation and adaptation highlights processes of transformation of “permanent” ordinary organizational activities to temporary projects, and adaptation in the surrounding organizations and structures. Projectification as organizational capacity building implies that the project logic diffuses in local government organizations, not primarily through specific projects, but through practices encouraging the project logic, which reinforces the organizational project capacity of local government. Three conclusions are drawn. First, projectification must be regarded as something more than many projects. Second, projects are not “just” vehicles carrying something forward, but techniques, tools and practices that produce specific effects of their own, independently of their stated objectives or aims ascribed to them.Third, the practical outcome of the project logic is more related to the rational and technical aspects of the project as a form than the innovative and flexible aspects of the project as a process. Hence, local government bureaucracy appears to be battle bureaucracy with more bureaucracy. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Social Science, Lund University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Lund political studies;
dc.subject projectification en_US
dc.subject institutional logic en_US
dc.subject local government en_US
dc.subject translation en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Projectification : the Trojan horse of local government en_US
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
dc.identifier.paperprint 2 en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
thesis.defence.date 2018-02-16
thesis.defence.time 10:15 en_US
thesis.defence.place NI:COE1, Niagara, Malmö Universitet en_US
thesis.opponent.name Professor Stig Montin en_US
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