Those of you who know ITMP a little, know how valuable (I think) the controversy perspective is to managing innovation and to managing projects. I don’t really want to overload this ITMP blog with controversy stuff, and I’m thinking of having a second one focusing just on ANT/programme antiprogrammes and controversies.
But, in the meantime, maybe a little sample will be provided in a controversy corner here from time to time.
When, in the 1990s, I adopted, adapted and tansferred to ESIEE the controversy approach Bruno Latour had been developing at the Ecole des Mines, technoscientific controversies were like shooting stars. From time to time one would pop out of the media. They were pretty exotic and seemed remote and academic. Sociology of science stuff. Nothing to do with our real, day to day world. Then, they started making the headlines. Now, hardly a day goes by without reading, hearing, seeing a controversy, and even worse, actually being in the middle of one. A colleague of mine has a twenty year old daughter who’s been hospitalised and off work and study for 2 months with a pulmonary embolism maybe because of a generic of a generic of a 4th generation contraceptive was prescribed. The family wants to know how « true » this is and is busily reading reports and linking up with people all over Europe to find out.
In 2006, at an IPMA meeting, the then president of IPMA (Veikko Vallila) said « all children should learn project management skills because they’ll be living in a project world ». Bruno Latour would probably say something similar about controversy mapping.
So, please watch this space!