An Existential hermeneutic philosophical approach to project management

Rolfe Bradley, Steven Segal, Svetlana Cicmil

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The philosophies of Martin Heidegger and Richard Rorty are used to redescribe the fundamental assumptions underpinning project management. Rather than viewing project management as merely a science, the significance and value of philosophy for project management are developed. The philosophical practice of redescription as a way of responding to existential disruptions of the lived experience of managing projects is seen as vital not only to being a project manager but also to describing project management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-62
Number of pages15
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • existential
  • hermeneutic
  • disruption
  • redescription
  • Heidegger
  • Rorty


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