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

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 International Annual EurOMA Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging operations in service economies, 6-9 June 2010, Porto, Portugal : proceedings
EditorsY. Hosni
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event17th international annual EurOMA Conference - Catholic University of Portugal, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 Jun 20109 Jun 2010

Conference

Conference17th international annual EurOMA Conference
Abbreviated titleEurOMA 2010
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period6/06/109/06/10
OtherManaging Operations in Service Economies

Keywords

  • ambidexterity
  • project-based firm
  • temporary organizations

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