Changing a project-based industry: The role of project work

Juri Matinheikki, Kirsi Aaltonen

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This study examines the role of projects in producing institutional change within a project- based industry. By drawing findings from extensive longitudinal fieldwork from a national infrastructure and construction industry of a Northern European country, we will show how project alliancing was legitimized as a new organizing form to deliver complex infrastructure projects. We adopt an institutional work perspective and theorize on a novel concept of project work as a distinct form of work aiming to meet project-specific goals but also to produce change in the permanent institutional structures of the organizational field. However, we also show that institutional change can be achieved only by combining different kind of actions or forms of work throughout a long period of time.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2017
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20178 Dec 2017
Conference number: 31


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Abbreviated titleANZAM


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