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4TH WORKSHOP ON MAKING PROJECTS CRITICAL


STOCKHOLM, 31 MARCH - 1 APRIL, 2008
CHAIRPERSONS

Svetlana Cicmil
University of the West of England

Damian Hodgson
Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Monica Lindgren
School of Industrial Engineering & Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Johann Packendorff
School of Industrial Engineering & Management, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

INVITED SPEAKERS

Professor Peter Case
Bristol Business School,
University of the West of England,
Bristol, UK

Associate Professor Dan Kärreman
Lund University School of Economics and Management,
Lund, Sweden

HOSTED BY/WORKSHOP VENUE

KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
[Kungliga Tekniska högskolan]
SE-100 44 Stockholm,
Sweden 
Tel +46 8 790 60 00

The workshop will be held at the main campus of KTH (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan / Royal Institute of Technology), which is situated in central Stockholm. KTH accounts for one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level. Education and research cover a broad spectrum – from natural sciences to all the branches of engineering as well as architecture, industrial engineering and management, urban planning, work science and environmental engineering. There are a total of just over 12,000 full-year equivalent undergraduate students, more than 1,400 active postgraduate students and 2,800 employees. KTH was founded in 1827 and the main campus has been located in attractive, and now listed, buildings in central Stockholm since 1917.

Locally, KTH Main Campus is very close to the Stockholm subway system (“T-banan”). The station is named “Tekniska Högskolan”, and is served by the Red Line ending at “Mörby Centrum”, and by several bus lines and a commuter train. All information on the Stockholm local transport system, including an interactive travel planner, can be found in English at http://www.sl.se.

Workshop Venue:

Salongen in KTHB (the KTH library) which is reached through the main library entrance at Osquars Backe 31-33.

Click here for a map of the main KTH Campus

WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Start time of workshop: March 31st, 9.00 am
Closing time of workshop: April 1st, 5.00 pm

INVITATION TO A SPECIAL ISSUE ON "CRITICAL PROJECT STUDIES"

All MPC4 authors are invited to submit their work to a special issue of  the acclaimed electronic journal /ephemera: theory & politics in organization/, guest edited by Svetlana Cicmil, Damian Hodgson, Monica Lindgren and Johann Packendorff. The call for papers can be found at the following web page:

http://www.ephemeraweb.org/journal/projectstudies.pdf

 The last day for submitting manuscripts is April 30th, 2008, i.e. one month after the MPC4 workshop. Authors will be notified on the first editorial decision August 30th, 2008.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Background

'Making Projects Critical' is the title of series of 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 critical work would include work drawing upon any of a number of critical theorists, including Marx, Bourdieu, Foucault, Latour, Habermas, Lyotard, Derrida, Deleuze, Butler, Adorno, Horkheimer, Althusser, Gramsci, and Braverman, Bauman, Beck, Bataille, and Zizek, and work inspired by Labour Process Theory, Critical Theory, Actor Network Theory, Environmentalism, Feminism, Post-Modernism and other traditions broadly related to Critical Management Studies. Through the workshop, we hope to both highlight and break down 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 traditionally brought to bear in attempts to understand and control the project form of organising.

Call for Papers

The broad range of themes addressed in past workshops include issues of power and domination in project settings, ethics and moral responsibility within projects, tensions between standardisation and creativity in project organisations, the limits to projectification and the dysfunctions of project rationality. Contributions on any and all of these themes would be welcome, and from related critical perspectives.

A key concern of this workshop is the effects and tensions caused by the projectification of work, of organisations and of society. We would therefore particularly welcome critical contributions which address the widening range of sectors in which organisations and organising are increasingly structured around the project form. This might encompass fields such as; 

- New Product Development 
- Entrepreneurial and Intrapreneurial processes 
- International Development projects 
- Consultancy and Consulting projects 
- Organizational Change projects 
- Urban Regeneration and Community Development projects 
- New Media and IT related projects 
- Art and Exhibition projects 
- Innovation projects 
- Event Management projects 
- Research projects in both industry and academia

Selection will be made on the basis of extended abstracts (2-3 pages).

Full & Final papers should be between 20 and 25 pages, A4, 1.5 spacing, Times New Roman 12 & in ENGLISH.


Information on the first and second ‘Making Projects Critical’ workshops can be found at;
http://www.uwe.ac.uk/bbs/research/research/mpc/index.shtml

Information on the third ‘Making Projects Critical’ workshop can be found at;
http://www.eiasm.be/frontoffice/event_announcement.asp?event_id=483 

PRACTICALITIES

Getting to KTH:

By plane:
Stockholm has two main international airports, Arlanda International and Bromma. Those travelling by Ryanair will arrive at the more distant airport of Skavsta.

Arlanda International:
• Served by most international airlines, the major airport in Sweden. About 40 km north of Stockholm city.
• Taxi to addresses in central Stockholm cost around 500 SEK, can be pre-booked at http://www.taxistockholm.se/. Travel time about 30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
• The airport has its own express commuter train, Arlanda Express, with a travel time to Stockholm Central Station of about 20 minutes. From there, one may take a taxi or go by subway (Red Line towards Mörby Centrum) to Tekniska Högskolan. The Arlanda Express ticket cost about 250 SEK if purchased from the ticket machines at the airport. It is advisable to have some cash ready if going by the subway, otherwise all transporters accept the major credit cards. More about Arlanda Express at http://www.arlandaexpress.se.
• The route between Arlanda International and Stockholm Central Station is also served by airport buses. Travel time about 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions, at a cost of about 100 SEK. More about the airport buses at http://www.flygbussarna.se/. From Stockholm Central Station onwards taxi or subway are recommended, see above.

Bromma Airport:
• Small city airport. Served by a number of national and international airlines. About 10 km west of Stockholm city.
• Taxi to addresses in central Stockholm cost around 300 SEK (ask for a fixed price), can be pre-booked at http://www.taxistockholm.se/. Travel time about 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
• The route between Bromma and Stockholm Central Station is also served by airport buses. Travel time about 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions, at a cost of about 80 SEK. More about the airport buses at http://www.flygbussarna.se/. From Stockholm Central Station onwards taxi or subway are recommended, see above.

Skavsta Airport:
• Small airport served by cargo airlines and Ryanair. About 100 km south of Stockholm city.
• The route between Skavsta and Stockholm Central Station is served by airport buses. Taxis are very expensive due to the distance. Travel time about 30 minutes depending on traffic conditions, at a cost of about 150 SEK. More about the airport buses at http://www.flygbussarna.se/. From Stockholm Central Station onwards taxi or subway are recommended, see above.

By train:
Stop at Stockholm Central Station. Go to KTH Main Campus by subway or taxi, see above.

By car:
Exit the highway E4 at Nortull, drive towards Lidingö. When entering the long avenue Valhallavägen, keep looking for the KTH Main Campus on the north side of the road.

Accommodation

As the KTH Main Campus is centrally located in Stockholm, there is a large variety of hotels to choose from at any international hotel booking site.
However, the following hotels have been specifically contacted for this workshop:

Clarion Collection Hotel Karlaplan

4-star business hotel, housing area
Skeppargatan 82, Phone: +46 8 313220
1,2 km to conference venue, 2,5 km to Stockholm Central Station
http://www.hotelkarlaplan.se/
Price/night: 1.199 SEK (incl breakfeast) Booking code:


Best Western Mornington Hotel Stockholm

4-star business hotel, inner city/housing area
Nybrogatan 53, Phone: +46 8 50733000
1 km to conference venue, 2 km to Stockholm Central Station
http://www.mornington.se/sto/
Price/night: 1.397 SEK (incl breakfeast) Booking code: G527151 (30 rooms hold until March 1, 2008)

Fee :

  Fees will be posted shortly

Cancellations made before March 10, 2008 will be reimbursed minus 20% of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after that date.

Payments should be made by :

  • The following credit cards: Visa or Eurocard/Mastercard/Access
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ADMINISTRATION

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