Team- and project work in engineering practices

Anders Buch, Vibeke Andersen

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In this paper we investigate teamwork amongst professionals in engineering
consultancy companies in order to discern how teamwork affects the collaboration and
work practices of the professionals. The paper investigates how professional
engineering practices are enacted in two engineering consultancy companies in
Denmark where teamwork has been or is an ideal for organizing work. Through a
practice-based lens the article sets out to investigate, firstly, how discourses about teamand
project work affect engineering work practices, secondly, how technology-mediated
management is reconciled in teamwork practices, and, thirdly, how team- and project
work affect engineering professionalism and collaborative work practices. A practice
theoretical framework informs the analysis. Teamwork is investigated as a
phenomenon enacted through the sayings, doings and relatings of practitioners in
landscapes of practices and the interconnectedness of the practices are traced through
the setup of specific ecologies in the sites.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Issue number3a
Pages (from-to)27-46
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
EventOLKC 2015: International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities - Milano, Italy
Duration: 9 Apr 201511 Apr 2015


ConferenceOLKC 2015

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