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Title: Activity Theory: A Useful Framework for Analyzing Project Based Organizations
Authors: Jacob D Vakkayil
Issue/Year: Jul-2010
Section: Perspectives
Abstract: This paper contributes to the efforts to understand the dynamics of project mode of work and project-based organizations by highlighting the usefulness of Activity Theory and the associated concepts from practice-based approaches to organizations. Initially, the theoretical roots of the Activity Theory are explored in the context of other practicebased frameworks. The importance of such an approach for analysing project mode of work is explored and its feasibility is illustrated by suggesting that projects in software development can be analysed effectively as “activities”. In addition, it is proposed that the ideas of “boundary object” and “boundary spanners” can be used productively by activity theoretical analyses of project-based organizations.
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