The P-form organization and the dynamics of project competence: Project epochs in Asea/ABB, 1950-2000
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 27, no 2, 101-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2009. Vol. 27, no 2, 101-112 p.
Capabilities; Dynamic capabilities; P-form; Project capabilities; Project competence; Project epochs; Project-based organization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18847DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2008.10.010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18847DiVA: diva2:221899
European Academy of Management (EURAM 2008) Conference — EURAM 2008