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Building Adaptive Capacity in Project Network Organizations: Project Contexts, Network Ties, and Relational Practices

Managing Inter-organizational Collaborations: Process Views

ISBN: 978-1-78756-592-0, eISBN: 978-1-78756-591-3

Publication date: 4 October 2019

Abstract

This chapter examines key drivers of variation in adaptive capacity of project network organizations (PNOs). PNOs are defined as strategically coordinated sets of longer-term, yet project-based relationships, which provide for both stability and change in volatile project businesses. While prior research has emphasized the adaptive role of flexible structures and agency, the author focuses on the role of project variety and contextual embedding and disembedding in building adaptive capacity. Comparing two PNOs in TV movie production, the author argues that differences in adaptive capacity are a function of inter-context connectivity, that is, the level of task and team linkages among diverse project contexts, and the degree to which network ties and relational practices have “dual quality” in being valuable both within and beyond specific project contexts. Findings have important implications for project, network, and organization research.

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Manning, S. (2019), "Building Adaptive Capacity in Project Network Organizations: Project Contexts, Network Ties, and Relational Practices", Sydow, J. and Berends, H. (Ed.) Managing Inter-organizational Collaborations: Process Views (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 64), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 39-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X20190000064005

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