Project tragedies
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

Serious project failures can be tragedies. Borrowing the term from Aristotle, project management researchers sometimes refer to a peripety when a chaotic project suddenly finds a successful path towards completion. But Aristotle requires tragedies to have a sad ending, and in his Poetics, reversal (peripeteia) is paired with recognition (anagnorisis), which might be closer to the transitory event in chaotic projects. In late antiquity, we find a voyage described as a tragicomedy, when Synesius recounts his experiences of sailing from Alexandria. The narrative of his stormy voyage includes a turning point resembling what modern project researchers have understood as peripety.

Project studies

Aristotle

Drama

Project managers

Författare

Jan Bröchner

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics

International Journal of Project Management

0263-7863 (ISSN)

Vol. In Press

Ämneskategorier

Idé- och lärdomshistoria

Litteraturstudier

Litteraturvetenskap

DOI

10.1016/j.ijproman.2022.04.001

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2022-05-05