Projects, paths, and practices: Sustaining and leveraging project-based relationships

Manning, Stephan and Sydow, Jörg (2011) Projects, paths, and practices: Sustaining and leveraging project-based relationships. Industrial and Corporate Change, 20 (5). pp. 1369-1402. ISSN 0960-6491

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In this article, we examine how project entrepreneurs maintain and leverage long-term project-based relationships in highly uncertain and volatile project businesses with clients and key service providers across ever changing collaborative contexts. Based on a thorough analysis of TV project networks, using both quantitative and qualitative data, we find that project entrepreneurs form core teams with particular clients and service providers, and establish sequences of related projects thereby forming collaborative paths. These paths allow partners to exploit and stretch existing, and explore new capabilities and partner resources across time and contexts of collaboration. Paths are promoted by connecting practices partners apply to establish task and team linkages between past, present and potential future projects. Our findings promote a more processual understanding of project-based organizing and learning, and tie formation and maintenance in dynamic industry contexts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Project network, project entrepreneur, path dependence, project capabilities, project-based organizing, repeated collaboration, project portfolio
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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Depositing User: Stephan Manning
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 12:54
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 13:00

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