The Art of Re-representing—Project Organization and the Production of 'Facts' at the Construction of "Potsdamer Platz"/Berlin

Gesine Bär

Abstract


Set out to learn about the ordering of "Europe's biggest construction site", I focused on the problem of how it is possible to stabilize complex interaction networks across time and space. The cooperation of several investors to built a new train station exemplifies that an "objective" representation of the building process is not achieved. Thus, the production of "facts" becomes the main challenge for the investors in the closing phase of their cooperation. A final cost division between the investors can only take place if a stable project-representation is negotiated. The sociological analysis identifies the problem which arises when trying to couple diverse representations in an effort to institutionalize a complex project organization.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0001236

Keywords


project organization; institutionalization; representation; practices; negotiated order; actor-networks



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-1.1.1133

Copyright (c) 2000 Gesine Bär

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