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Dimensions of governance in interorganizational project networks

Jaakko Kujala (Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Kirsi Aaltonen (Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland)
Nadezhda Gotcheva (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Tampere, Finland)
Pertti Lahdenperä (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Tampere, Finland)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 17 August 2020

Issue publication date: 6 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to create a framework to analyze approaches for coordination, adaptation and safeguarding of exchanges in interorganizational project networks.

Design/methodology/approach

An analysis framework to analyze governance in project networks was created based on a systematic review of existing literature. The framework was applied to analyze governance approaches used in a large infrastructure project implemented with an alliance project delivery method to illustrate the practical validity of the framework.

Findings

The analysis framework categorized governance in project networks in six dimensions: goal setting, rewarding, monitoring, roles and decision-making, coordination and capability building. A set of questions for each governance dimension was created and the analysis framework was applied in the context of a project alliance.

Research limitations/implications

The focus of this research is on governance internal to a project network. The authors identified dimensions of governance in project networks and related governance approaches based on a systematic literature review. The practical applicability of the framework was validated in a single case study setting.

Practical implications

The paper introduces a concept of governance in project networks, which takes the perspective that all actors that have an influence on project implementation are part of an interorganizational project network. The focal organization may have had a significant role in the design of governance, but governance also emerged from the network structure of companies and the interactions among them. The analysis framework created in this research can be used to design and analyze governance in different type of project context.

Originality/value

The paper introduces a concept of governance in project networks, which takes the perspective that all actors that have an influence on project implementation are part of an interorganizational project network.

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Acknowledgements

This paper extends on previous research that has been presented in European Academy of Management (EURAM) conference, 1-4 June 2016, Paris, France.

Citation

Kujala, J., Aaltonen, K., Gotcheva, N. and Lahdenperä, P. (2021), "Dimensions of governance in interorganizational project networks", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 625-651. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-12-2019-0312

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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