Why do organizations tie their own hands and what can managers do to untie it? The productivity dilemma in project-based firms

Joana Geraldi, David Bennett

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Abstract

In repetitive operations the productivity dilemma has been widely studied, but there is a lack of research in non-repetitive operations, such as in project-based firms. This paper investigates why project-based firms foster or hinder project flexibility through an embedded multi-case study with six projects within a large German project-based firm. The results suggest that although such firms have projects as their key source of revenue, their focus lies in longevity and survival and this logic is, in some instances, at odds with the temporary nature of the project context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th Annual International EurOMA Conference Managing Operations in Service Economies
Number of pages11
PublisherEurOMA
Publication date2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event17th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference: Managing Operations in Service Economies - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 Jun 20109 Jun 2010
Conference number: 17
http://www.euroma2010.org/

Conference

Conference17th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference
Number17
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period06/06/201009/06/2010
Internet address

Keywords

  • Ambidexterity
  • Project-based firm
  • Temporary organizations

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