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Understanding institutional change in project-based organizing

Holti, Richard (2011). Understanding institutional change in project-based organizing. Journal of Applied Behavioural Science, 47(3) pp. 360–394.

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This article concerns what is involved in breaking out of entrenched adversarial models for running interorganizational projects within the construction sector. It presents data from two case studies that sought to establish a more collaborative project model. Drawing on literatures about institutional change and interorganizational collaboration, the analysis indicates the importance of three kinds of activities. First, it is possible to mobilize potential for change present within existing institutionalized models by selecting a kernel of participating organizations known to have the capabilities to operationalize collaboration. Second, adopting techniques for working together that make explicit the need to balance project objectives with organizational-level commercial viability leads to the enactment of routines through which a wider pool of project participants can develop a sense of competence and confidence in collaboration. Third, there is a necessity to preserve a unified system of authority within the project that ensures adherence to collaborative routines, although otherwise encouraging autonomy in decision making.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 NTL Institute
ISSN: 1552-6879
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetGR/R53531/01EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Keywords: projects; institutional change; new practice development; interorganizational relationships; interorganizational development; collaboration; construction
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
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Item ID: 31646
Depositing User: Richard Holti
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 10:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 22:06
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