- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Towards the Third Wave of Project Management
- A Brief History of Project Management
- Theoretical Foundations of Project Management: Suggestions for a Pluralistic Understanding
- The Evolution of Project Management Research: The Evidence from the Journals
- Prospects for Professionalism in Project Management
- The Project Business: Analytical Framework and Research Opportunities
- Projects and Partnerships: Institutional Processes and Emergent Practices
- Project Ecologies: A Contextual View on Temporary Organizations
- The P-Form Corporation: Contingencies, Characteristics, and Challenges
- Implementing Strategy through Projects
- Program Management: An Emerging Opportunity for Research and Scholarship
- Projects and Innovation: Innovation and Projects
- Project Governance
- Over Budget, Over Time, Over and Over Again: Managing Major Projects
- Managing Risk and Uncertainty on Projects: A Cognitive Approach
- Information Management and the Management of Projects
- Shaping Projects, Building Networks
- Innovating the Practice of Normative Control in Project Management Contractual Relations
- Trust in Relational Contracting and as a Critical Organizational Attribute
- Knowledge Integration in Product Development Projects: A Contingency Framework
- Leadership And Teamwork In Dispersed Projects
- Projects-as-Practice: New Approach, New Insights
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
To a great extent the attractiveness of projects lies in their capacity to integrate diverse knowledge bases and expertise. This capacity has become increasingly important as industries and firms turn to business models involving “complex product systems” and “integrated solutions,” which require R&D initiatives and implementation efforts to span across knowledge domains and organizational boundaries. Such developments have led firms to explore the use and value of projects as a key feature of their organizational design and growth trajectories. In that respect, projects are not only measures for integrating knowledge from diverse sources, but they also allow for low-cost and flexible resource commitments. The advent of projects as a key feature in organizational practice has attracted researchers to investigate a broad range of issues.
Jonas Söderlund is Professor at BI Norwegian School of Management and responsible for its executive education within the area of project management. He is a founding member of the KITE Research Group (Knowledge Integration and Innovation in Transnational Enterprise) based at Linkoping University. He has researched and published widely on the management and organization of projects and project-based firms and the evolution of project competence.
Fredrik Tell is Professor of Management at the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, and is Deputy Director of the KITE Research Group. His research includes management of complex technologies and standards, organizational knowledge, innovation and industry dynamics, and business history. He has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics, University of Sussex, and Stanford University.
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