1st Edition

Governance and Governmentality for Projects Enablers, Practices, and Consequences

Edited By Ralf Muller Copyright 2017
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    This research-based book takes an organization-wide perspective to describe the governance and governmentality for projects in organizations. Governance of projects defines and directs the ways managers of projects, programs, and project portfolios carry out their work. Governmentality is the way the managers of these managers present themselves to those they lead.

    Governance and Governmentality for Projects starts with introducing existing theories, models and paradigms for governance and governmentality. It then develops a chronological framework of the ways governance and governmentality for projects is enabled in organizations, how it subsequently unfolds in organizations of different types and sectors, and the consequences of different governance approaches for project results, trust, control, and ethical issues in projects. Special emphasis is given to the link between corporate governance and the governance of project, programs and project portfolios. Three real-life case studies exemplify the research findings described in the book.

    Through its structure this book describes the development of governance and governmentality in the realm of projects from its organizational origins, via observable practices, to expected consequences of different implementations. Aimed at academics, post-graduate students in business and management, reflective practitioners, standards or policy developers, those in governance roles and others in need of a detailed knowledge of the spectrum of project related governance in organizations, this book will help develop a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the subject, their interaction, and implications for implementation. This allows for understanding and developing of both generic and idiosyncratic governance structures, such as those needed in project-based organizations.

    1. Introduction

    Ralf Müller

    2. Organizational Project Governance

    Ralf Müller

    Part 1: Concepts, Theories, and Models

    3. Governance Theories

    Ralf Müller

    4. Governance Models and Paradigms

    Ralf Müller

    5. Governance Institutions

    Ralf Müller, Erling S. Andersen, Ole Jonny Klakegg, and Gro Holst Volden

    Part 2: Organizational Enablers for Organizational Project Governance and Governmentality

    6. Tactical Organizational Enablers

    Ralf Müller

    7. Strategic Organizational Enablers

    Ralf Müller

    Part 3: Practices in the Private and Public Sector

    8. Private Sector Practices

    Ralf Müller

    9. Governance in Public Projects: The Norwegian Case

    Ole Jonny Klakegg and Gro Holst Volden

    Part 4: Consequences for and of Governance

    10. Governance and Project Success

    Robert Joslin

    11. Governance Mechanisms in Projects

    Ralf Müller

    12. Project Governance and Project Ethics

    Ralf Müller and Øyvind Kvalnes

    Part 5: Cases of Organizational Project Governance

    13. The Sugarloaf Alliance Case Study

    Beverley Lloyd-Walker and Derek Walker

    14. Governance at the Front-end: Managing the Clash of Objectives in Project Organizations

    Shankar Sankaran and Christopher Biesenthal

    15. Governance and Governmentality at Tasly Pharmaceuticals

    Dan Li


    Ralf Müller is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway.