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The P-form organization and the dynamics of project competence: Project epochs in Asea/ABB, 1950-2000
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo, Norway. (KITE)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 27, no 2, 101-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper links the evolution of the firm to the practice of project management based on a longitudinal, in-depth study of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) over a period of more than fifty years. It is suggested that Asea/ABB is an example of a project-based firm, which, in a neo-Chandlerian vein, exhibits P-form characteristics. The analysis presented extends previous findings reported in the literature on firm-level capabilities by integrating the analyses of project competence and specifically the nature and emergence of so-called project epochs. We identify four project epochs in the history of Asea/ABB which represent different forms of project competence. In the analytical section, we focus on how ABB managed to shift epochs to enhance its project competence. The paper offers new insights into the characteristics and dynamic capabilities of P-form organizations.

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Elsevier, 2009. Vol. 27, no 2, 101-112 p.
Keyword [en]
Capabilities; Dynamic capabilities; P-form; Project capabilities; Project competence; Project epochs; Project-based organization
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18847DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.10.010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18847DiVA: diva2:221899
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European Academy of Management (EURAM 2008) Conference — EURAM 2008
Available from: 2009-06-05 Created: 2009-06-05 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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