Taking Stock: Capability Development in Interorganizational Projects

Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 64 , July 2012, pp. 171-186

16 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2012

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Elke Schüßler

Johannes Kepler University Linz

Lauri Wessel

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Division of Economics

Martin Gersch

Free University of Berlin (FUB); Ruhr University of Bochum

Date Written: July 1, 2012

Abstract

We examine how capabilities emerge in repeated interorganizational projects and how they affect project development. A multifaceted understanding of project capabilities in interorganizational projects is important, because project management research emphasizes capabilities’ contribution to project performance, but has also stressed their tendency to grow rigid. We review the literature on interorganizational project collaboration to identify the foundations and drivers of project capabilities in project networks and to outline their potentially ambiguous consequences. Our systematic overview of these studies provides a basis for further empirical research and project management practice.

Keywords: Creative Industries, Exploration/Exploitation, Interorganizational Projects, Path Dependence, Project Capabilities, Project Management, Project Networks, Temporary Organizations

JEL Classification: M10, M54

Suggested Citation

Schüßler, Elke and Wessel, Lauri and Gersch, Martin, Taking Stock: Capability Development in Interorganizational Projects (July 1, 2012). Schmalenbach Business Review, Vol. 64 , July 2012, pp. 171-186, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2155058

Elke Schüßler (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University Linz ( email )

Altenberger Straße 69
Linz, 4040
Austria

Lauri Wessel

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Division of Economics ( email )

Boltzmannstr. 20
Berlin 14195, 14195
GERMANY

Martin Gersch

Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )

Berlin, 12209
Germany

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

Ruhr University of Bochum ( email )

Universitatsstrabe 150
Bochum, 44780
Germany

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