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Project Is as Project Does: Emerging Microactivities and Play Ontology

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Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The purpose of the article is to further develop the processual approach in project management theorizing. The article introduces Gadamer’s (2004) play ontology as a novel perspective used to describe microactivities in a project environment. Play ontology refers to the back-and-forth movements of seemingly mundane microactivities as they unfold during a project. The findings of the study suggest that sensitivity to the microactivities allows considering dissonant or indecisive events as vital and constructive project elements. Play ontology offers new ways for conceptualizing a project as a process: as something that emerges through practical activities as a dynamic and complex phenomenon.


  • construction project, emerging microactivities, play ontology, process ontology, project-as-practice, vibrant movements

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Field of science, Statistics Finland