Project organization: Exploring its adaptation properties
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 26, no 1, 13-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Firms investing in project organization often do so in order to become more flexible, adaptable and customer-oriented. This promotes the question of whether there are specific properties of project organization, which contribute to instilling such capabilities in a firm, and if so, what managers could do in order to bring them on board. I discuss how certain project organization features may be conducive to that end, and suggest that project-level processes display features of an evolutionary learning process, with pre-selection, variation and retention as distinguishable process steps. Similarly, at higher levels within project-based firms, projects can be used as experiments within trial-and-error based strategic learning. A case study of a project-based firm is used to illustrate the propositions and managerial implications put forward. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 26, no 1, 13-20 p.
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40946DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2007.08.011Local ID: 54738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-40946DiVA: diva2:261795