Practices, projects and portfolios: current research trends and new directions

Stewart Clegg, Catherine P. Killen, Christopher Biesenthal, Shankar Sankaran

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Project portfolio management (PPM) bridges strategy and project management. Traditional research in PPM has primarily investigated the rational, top-down and structural aspects of strategizing. By doing so, it has failed to focus on the underlying practices that are triggered by the strategy and how these practices frame strategy implementation. Practice-based research provides a methodological lens to explore the reality of strategic enactment through the project portfolio. Practice-based perspectives are under-represented in PPM research; therefore the aim of this paper is to provide an agenda for further practice-based research in PPM. Central to this agenda is a concern with various aspects of practice, including its discursivity, representation, dynamic capabilities, leadership and materiality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-772
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Dynamic capability
  • Emergent strategy
  • Practice-based research
  • Project portfolio management
  • Strategy-as-practice


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