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Mechanisms of isomorphism in project-based organizations
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7338-1404
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9277-0288
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
2017 (English)In: Project Management Journal, ISSN 8756-9728, E-ISSN 1938-9507, Vol. 48, no 5, p. 9-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article challenges the dominant assumption of goal rationality behind temporary organizations’ design in project-based organizations (PBOs). While extant literature posits that organizations strive to select the most appropriate project arrangements to fit particular task requirements at hand, findings from an in-depth ethnography-inspired case study suggest that projects in PBOs tend to imitate each other's structures, strategies, and practices with little consideration of the potential performance effects. Building upon the new institutionalism, this article conceptualizes the PBO as an organizational field of temporary and permanent organizations embedded in wider organizational and institutional fields and explicates isomorphic processes among temporary organizations in PBOs.

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Project Management Institute, 2017. Vol. 48, no 5, p. 9-24
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project-based organization, temporary organization, organization design, institutional theory, isomorphic mechanisms
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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Management; Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217388ISI: 000423470600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217388DiVA, id: diva2:1156300
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