The productivity dilemma in project-based firms:why do organizations tie their own hands and what can managers do to untie them?


In repetitive operations the productivity dilemma has been widely studied, but there is a lack of research in non-repetitive operations, such as in project-based firms. This paper investigates why project-based firms foster or hinder project flexibility through an embedded multi-case study with six projects within a large German project-based firm. The results suggest that although such firms have projects as their key source of revenue, their focus lies in longevity and survival and this logic is, in some instances, at odds with the temporary nature of the project context.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Event Title: 17th international annual EurOMA Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Location: Catholic University of Portugal
Event Dates: 2010-06-06 - 2010-06-09
Uncontrolled Keywords: ambidexterity,project-based firm,temporary organizations
ISBN: 978-972-99847-3-0
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2023 09:58
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 15:33
PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2010
Authors: Geraldi, Joana
Bennett, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1480-8652)



Version: Accepted Version

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