As a project employee you will feel free to develop your intellectual property. Free in the framework.
The term "spirit of work" is possibly old-fashioned but in the knowledge society there are many of us who produce something of spiritual nature. It often involves working within a project. The hope of the work of the spirit is that the projects end up as pearls on a string at the end of labor. The problem is that this you have no guarantee of.
A lot of time goes on to project development. Within academia, you ask if the researcher is spending more time asking to be allowed to research than to do the actual researcher job. In addition, sysselsettes people who will consider the descriptions. Instead of cutting each other's hair, we read each other's project descriptions.
At the same time, project organisation opens up for innovation and renewal. Hallfrid Velure recently delivered his doctoral thesis on the use of the term "project" in Norwegian cultural policy. Velure has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the language of cultural policy by simply going looking for the word "project". She has both seen how the term has changed its importance over time, but also how it can have different significance among different parties in the workplace.
This is where it starts to become interressant. Where the employee emphasizes opportunities for freedom, the project organisation can provide employer control. A project is a "limit". The costs are more clearly defined than if the budget includes "General operation".
It is worth noting that the transition to a project organized economy was one of the factors in the recent working conflict at the Nationale Scene in Bergen. And just in theatre politics, the dichotomy between institution and project has become particularly visible. Here the project term according to Velure has been used rhetorically, in order to promote an alternative theatrical view. New work form has promoted a new content. Beyond the 70 and 80, cultural institutions were challenged by increasing access to international cultural terms, and several took their acting education abroad. One just got a new work stick with the spirit workers who had other cultural preferences. These defined their place in the theater market by means of the "Project Theatre", as somewhat qualitatively other than an "institution's theatre".
It is symptomatic that the project organized theatre has been referred to as "the free Performing Arts", as if performing arts within the institutions are less free. The free performing arts has largely been funded through project funding from the Norwegian Cultural Council, while it is the Ministry of Culture that is responsible for the performing arts institutions, which provides annual operating grants. While the institution's theatres have emphasized their responsibility for being a traditional mainstay, the project-organised theatre has emphasised its role as an explorer of a new aesthetic.
There is certainly room to discuss whether it actually relates so. Perhaps it is the opposite, because wage and working conditions are better secured within the institutions. The project employee framework conditions are not always vide. Rather, you have to apply for project funding against predefined objectives and manage their content against them. The question remains if we thus allow the country's spirit workers to run after the prevailing trends that had to characterize the appropriate authorities. In addition, the Velure pulls out that, although there is a lot of projects spoken in Norwegian culture policy, it will be discovering that there are still major institutions winning financially if action and not rhetorical talk.
This can be a question of whether the project concept should be filled with the negative timbre of Ibsen, Bjørnson and Holberg. For our old poets, a project was a draft, a magnificent unworkable idea, something airy and empty that only makes sense to the Project Designer. Any rejected project application will probably remain standing again as just this, and after refusal of rejection, even the heaviest intellectual works must take the hint. And then there are few funds to search for the project worker's pension project.