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A good man is hard to find: project management, entrepreneurship and serendipity
Babson College, USA.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 114-119Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper commentary is to explore the intersection of project management and entrepreneurship through a poetic exploration of Flannery O’Connor’s short story: “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Through the use of the Japanese Haiku format, this commentary probes the nature and meaning of “projects,” the importance of goals and their limitations, the influence of context across time, and the role of agency and circumstance in entrepreneurship as denoted by the idea of serendipity.

Design/methodology/approach

Poesis.

Findings

Imagination steers the course. Vision sees the possibility; But the mind’s eye sees through a distorted lens that is always misfit. So the unplanned path becomes the project. Always; Accidents happen.

Originality/value

Project Management: Goals with temporary; Collective action; Entrepreneurship: “Organizing collective Action.” Compromise?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 114-119
Keywords [en]
Entrepreneurship, Project management, Agency theory
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Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82270DOI: 10.1108/IJMPB-10-2018-0213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82270DiVA, id: diva2:1307421
Note

This article forms part of a special section “Exploring processual and critical avenues at the crossroad of entrepreneurship and project management”, guest edited by Olivier Germain and Monique Aubry.

Available from: 2019-04-26 Created: 2019-04-26 Last updated: 2019-12-03Bibliographically approved

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