Accelerating time to benefit: Deconstructing innovative organizational practices in five projects

Per Svejvig, Joana Geraldi, Sara Grex

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Abstract

Despite the ubiquitous pressure for speed, our approaches to accelerate projects remain constrained to the old-fashioned understanding of the project as a vehicle to deliver products and services, not value. This article explores an attempt to accelerate time to benefit. We describe and deconstruct the implementation of a large intervention undertaken in five project-based organizations in Denmark – the Project Half Double where the same project methodology has been applied in five projects, each of them in five distinct organizations in Denmark, as a bold attempt to realize double the benefit in half of the time. Although all cases valued speed and speed to benefit, and implemented most practices proposed by the methodology, only three of the five projects were more successful in decreasing time to speed. Based on a multi-case study comparison between these five different projects and their respective organizations, we propose five complementary explanations for the different results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference proceedings of International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP 2017)
Number of pages19
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Research Network on Organizing by Projects, IRNOP 2017 - Boston, United States
Duration: 11 Jun 201714 Jun 2017
http://irnopboston.org/

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ConferenceInternational Research Network on Organizing by Projects, IRNOP 2017
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period11/06/201714/06/2017
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Svejvig, P., Geraldi, J., & Grex, S. (2017). Accelerating time to benefit: Deconstructing innovative organizational practices in five projects. In Conference proceedings of International Research Network on Organizing by Projects (IRNOP 2017)