Building adaptive capacity in project network organizations: Project contexts, network ties and relational practices

Manning, Stephan (2019) Building adaptive capacity in project network organizations: Project contexts, network ties and relational practices. In: Sydow, Jörg and Berends, Hans (eds.) Managing inter-organizational collaborations: process views. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 64 . Emerald, pp. 39-67. ISBN 978-1787565920

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Abstract

This chapter examines key drivers of variation in adaptive capacity of project network organizations (PNOs). PNOs are defined as strategically coordinated sets of longer-term, yet project-based relationships, which provide for both stability and change in volatile project businesses. While prior research has emphasized the adaptive role of flexible structures and agency, the author focuses on the role of project variety and contextual embedding and disembedding in building adaptive capacity. Comparing two PNOs in TV movie production, the author argues that differences in adaptive capacity are a function of inter-context connectivity, that is, the level of task and team linkages among diverse project contexts, and the degree to which network ties and relational practices have “dual quality” in being valuable both within and beyond specific project contexts. Findings have important implications for project, network, and organization research.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Adaptive capacity, Stability and change, Network dynamics, Project-based organizing, TV movie production, Structuration theory
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0711 Groups and organisations > HM0786 Organisational sociology. Organisational theory
Depositing User: Stephan Manning
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 08:58
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 12:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86225

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