The effect of project management dynamic capabilities on firm performance
Article publication date: 14 January 2022
Issue publication date: 28 March 2022
The purpose of the paper is to shed light on the output of project management (PM) dynamic capabilities Specifically, the study investigates what effect PM dynamic capabilities have on company performance, both directly and indirectly, through the mediation effect of project and portfolio performance. Additionally, it tests whether program performance might also mediate the relationship.
The hypotheses were tested using partial least squares with a sample of 63 international firms that engage in projects globally.
The main finding of this research is that PM dynamic capabilities do not influence firm performance directly but do so indirectly by increasing firms' performance in projects, programs and portfolios. Both project and portfolio performance have a mediation effect on the relationship between dynamic capabilities and firm performance, but portfolio performance absorbs all this effect when the two performances are in the model.
This paper sheds light on the link between dynamic capabilities and firm performance. It tests the real outcome of dynamic capabilities by making an explicit distinction between firm performance at three intermediate levels (project, program and portfolio) and overall firm performance. Moreover, it opens the black box of dynamic capabilities and empirically operationalizes the theoretical model of sensing-seizing-transforming as the three constituting routines of dynamic capabilities.
Funding: This research has been partially financed by the Regional Government of Castille and Leon (Spain) with Grant, VA180P20.
Hermano, V., Martin-Cruz, N. and Pajares, J. (2022), "The effect of project management dynamic capabilities on firm performance", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 266-284. https://doi.org/10.1108/BJM-06-2021-0218
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