Crossing times: Temporal boundary-spanning practices in interorganizational projects

Iben Sandal Stjerne*, Jonas Söderlund, Dana Minbaeva

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This paper introduces the notion of “temporal boundary spanning” and highlights the key role of project management in resolving temporal tensions among partners participating in interorganizational projects (IOPs). The present study, which is based on data from 93 IOPs undertaken within a major change program, relies on in-depth, semi-structured interviews, observations, and detailed analyses of written documents and procedures from those IOPs. Based on the data, we inductively develop a practice-based theory that identifies three main practices (framing, synchronizing, hyping) used to resolve the central temporal tensions observed in the studied IOPs. In that respect, the paper offers novel insights into the role and practice of project management in IOPs.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)344-362
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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