We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 9th Making Projects Critical Workshop, to be held at Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden on Jan 17-18, 2019.

"Making Projects Critical" is the title of series of international workshops intended to provide a forum for research from a wide range of critical perspectives relating to all aspects of projects, including project management, project based organising and the 'projectification' of society. Such critique finds inspiration in the writings of a range of authors, drawing, among others, on Labour process Theory, critical theory, actor network theory (and post-ANT), STS, sociomateriality, critical environmentalism, feminism, post-Modernism, moral-philosophical pedagogy and other traditions broadly related to Critical Management Studies.

Through the workshop, we hope to highlight and, where possible, remedy the theoretical and methodological limitations of traditional conceptions of projects and project management. In particular, the intention is to draw upon wider intellectual resources than the instrumental rationality, quantitative and positivist methodologies and technicist solutions, which have been used traditionally to understand, implement and control organisational projects, and to reflect on the implications of alternative perspectives for project management practice.

The first eight workshops have resulted in a themed stream at the 2011 CMS Conference and have produced three major publications:

  • Making Projects Critical (2006), an edited volume with 16 chapters, eds. Hodgson, D.E. and Cicmil, S. Palgrave: Basingstoke, UK and New York, USA; 

  • “Project Management behind the Façade”, a special issue of ephemera: theory & politics with 7 contributions (2009, 9:2);
  • ”The politics of projects in technology-intensive work”, a special issue of New Technology, Work and Employment (2016, 31:6) 

Practical information

The workshop will be held at Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden, one of Sweden’s oldest cities and the country’s 6th largest city. Västerås is accessed by Västerås airport (5km from the city), by Arlanda airport (1h 30 min away by bus transfer) or by national and regional train services (eg 1h from Stockholm).

The format of the workshop will closely follow previous events in the series, with 15-20 papers to be presented over two days and involving 20-40 participants. We plan to start on Thursday 17th at 9:30 (coffee from 9am) and finish on Friday 18th by 3pm at the latest. We expect the costs to be similar to previous workshops.

More information

For details of previous MPC conferences.

For information and discussions on this and other MPC-events, please see the “Making Projects Critical” LinkedIn group.

If you have any questions, please contact Anette Hallin or Lucia Crevani.