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We are projects : narrative capital and meaning making in projects.

Carlsen, A. and Pitsis, T. S. (2020) 'We are projects : narrative capital and meaning making in projects.', Project management journal., 51 (4). pp. 357-366.


Research on projects has to a limited degree taken issue with how projects are chief producers of meaning at work. We develop the concept of narrative capital as a basic mechanism for how people can engender meaning in and through projects in organizations. Narrative capital is derived from experiences that people appropriate into their individual and collective life stories, retrospectively, as adding to a repertoire of accumulated learning and mastering, and prospectively, in terms of living with purpose and hope. We chart implications for meaning making in projects as expanding ownership, expanding connections of impact, and extending narrative possibility.

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Publisher statement:Carlsen, A. & Pitsis, T. S. (2020). We are projects: Narrative capital and meaning making in projects. Project Management Journal 51(4): 357-366. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s) DOI: 10.1177/8756972820929479
Date accepted:27 February 2020
Date deposited:16 April 2020
Date of first online publication:16 June 2020
Date first made open access:16 April 2020

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