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Inter-organizational collaboration challenges and preconditions in industrial engineering projects

Laura Saukko (Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Kirsi Aaltonen (Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Harri Haapasalo (Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 12 May 2020

Issue publication date: 22 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to achieve an understanding of the challenges and preconditions for inter-organizational collaborative project practices in industrial engineering projects. A framework for identifying the challenges and preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration is presented.

Design/methodology/approach

The adopted research method is qualitative, and empirical data were collected from the industrial engineering project sector in Finland. The literature related to industrial engineering projects and inter-organizational collaborative project management practices is summarized, informing the qualitative design of the study.

Findings

By analyzing empirical data from industrial engineering projects, the challenges for inter-organizational collaboration are identified in each industrial engineering project stage. A framework of preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration is identified, in which investors are advised to pay attention when deciding on the use of collaborative project management methods.

Practical implications

The findings of this study help practitioners deal effectively with mechanisms aimed at fostering and hindering inter-organizational collaborative practices. The identified preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration provide support for decision-making in every phase of an engineering project and can be used as guidelines throughout the process.

Originality/value

Inter-organizational collaborative project management practices have recently been attracting attention in the industrial engineering project setting. This research is an attempt to identify the underlying forces supporting and preventing inter-organizational collaboration in industrial engineering projects. This study offers a framework that can help academics and project management practitioners deal with the challenges affecting inter-organizational collaboration at each project stage and consider preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration in industrial engineering project settings.

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Citation

Saukko, L., Aaltonen, K. and Haapasalo, H. (2020), "Inter-organizational collaboration challenges and preconditions in industrial engineering projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 999-1023. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2019-0250

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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