My study is about the construction of project management practices in Finnish television and film producers' interviews. It describes the construction of these practices in interview talk produced in the fields of Finnish television and film production from three perspectives. Moreover, in my study I interpret the structural conditions of this construction utilizing Pierre Bourdieu's practice theoretical thinking. I position my research to the project-as-practice research stream that has recently been introduced in the field of project studies. Researchers in this stream are interested in concrete activities of project actors and the relation of these activities to the practices that define them in a certain context. My study is based on analyses of 21 interviews, conducted with a total of 13 television and film producers in 2001, 2003 and 2007. In my first analysis I examine the differences between the project management practices constructed in television, feature film and commercial film producers' interviews in 2001 and 2003. In my second analysis, then, I study the construction of project management practices in relation to the production company in one film producer-executive's interviews in 2001 and 2003. Finally, in my third analysis I study the changes in the construction of project management practices in relation to Finnish television channels in television producers' interviews in 2003 and 2007. Based on these analyses I argue that from Bourdieusian perspective the construction of project management practices in the fields of Finnish television and film production is above all dealing with content-related power over the creative content produced in production projects. Over time the actors in these fields have internalized in their habituses the field-specific division of this power between different actors. All in all the results of my analyses highlight the significance of the creative content produced in production projects in the multilevel dynamics of the construction of project management practices in television and film production. Especially they bring forward the significance of content-related power in this construction. My research contributes to the project-as-practice research stream by providing deeper understanding of the construction of project management practices. At the same time it provides a clear theoretical and methodological alternative to conduct linguistically oriented project-as-practice research. Moreover, my study contributes to the ongoing discussions in project research on the dynamics between temporary projects and their permanent context. It also challenges the common understandings of the nature of project management prevalent in mainstream project literature.
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)|
- arts management
- content industry
- film industry