How projects rise and fall: the lifecycle of a dietary modernisation scheme

Tom Scott-Smith

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

How do projects grow? How do they fail? What accounts for their changing fortunes? This paper uses the archives of a 1970s modernisation scheme to explore the life cycle of a long running project, concerning the production of leaf protein in Nigeria. It argues that archives can be very useful for understanding success and failure, and encourages practitioners to take an interest in the story of past projects, even those that failed. Drawing on Actor-Network Theory, it argues that alliances are key to understanding project life cycles, suggesting that practitioners focus on strengthening local relationships, rather than seeking answers in universal management templates.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopment in Practice
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2014

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'How projects rise and fall: the lifecycle of a dietary modernisation scheme'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this