Terminating Institutionalized Termination – Why Sematech Became More than a Temporary System

ADVANCES IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT: PROJECT-BASED ORGANIZING AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, Vol. 28, Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen, Florian Täube, eds., London Press, 2011

52 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2011

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Gordon Müller-Seitz

Free University of Berlin

Jörg Sydow

Freie Universität Berlin

Date Written: August 2, 2011

Abstract

The aim of this study is to inquire into the circumstances and mechanisms that drive temporary systems to become permanent organizations.

This study is based upon a retrospective longitudinal case study (1980-1995) and informed by research on organizational path dependence. Our research object is SEMATECH, the leading global semiconductor manufacturing consortium.

This longitudinal case study of the research and development consortium SEMATECH shows how and under what conditions a project, once its initial objective had been achieved, managed to turn itself into a permanent organization, i.e. it terminated its institutionalized termination. Based upon our findings, we argue that the postponing of this specific project‟s institutionalized termination can be understood by adopting a path dependence perspective that allows for the capturing of self-reinforcing processes in order to account for the stability of the (once temporary) system.

Keywords: temporary dimension, project, institutionalized termination, organizational metamorphosis, path dependence

Suggested Citation

Müller-Seitz, Gordon and Sydow, Jörg, Terminating Institutionalized Termination – Why Sematech Became More than a Temporary System (August 2, 2011). ADVANCES IN STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT: PROJECT-BASED ORGANIZING AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, Vol. 28, Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen, Florian Täube, eds., London Press, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1903775

Gordon Müller-Seitz

Free University of Berlin ( email )

School of Business Econimics
Boltzmannstrasse 20
D-14195 Berlin
Germany
49-30-83853783 (Phone)
49-30-83856808 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.fu-berlin.de/wiwiss

Jörg Sydow (Contact Author)

Freie Universität Berlin ( email )

School of Business & Economics
Boltzmannstrasse 20
D-14195 Berlin
Germany
49-30-83853782 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.fu-berlin.de/wiwiss

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