Saukko, L., Aaltonen, K. and Haapasalo, H. (2020), "Inter-organizational collaboration challenges and preconditions in industrial engineering projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 999-1023. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2019-0250
Inter-organizational collaboration challenges and preconditions in industrial engineering projects
|Author:||Saukko, Laura1; Aaltonen, Kirsi1; Haapasalo, Harri1|
1Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.6 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020091569602
|Publish Date:|| 2020-09-15
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to achieve an understanding of the challenges and preconditions for inter-organizational collaborative project practices in industrial engineering projects. A framework for identifying the challenges and preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration is presented.
Design/methodology/approach: The adopted research method is qualitative, and empirical data were collected from the industrial engineering project sector in Finland. The literature related to industrial engineering projects and inter-organizational collaborative project management practices is summarized, informing the qualitative design of the study.
Findings: By analyzing empirical data from industrial engineering projects, the challenges for inter-organizational collaboration are identified in each industrial engineering project stage. A framework of preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration is identified, in which investors are advised to pay attention when deciding on the use of collaborative project management methods.
Practical implications: The findings of this study help practitioners deal effectively with mechanisms aimed at fostering and hindering inter-organizational collaborative practices. The identified preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration provide support for decision-making in every phase of an engineering project and can be used as guidelines throughout the process.
Originality/value: Inter-organizational collaborative project management practices have recently been attracting attention in the industrial engineering project setting. This research is an attempt to identify the underlying forces supporting and preventing inter-organizational collaboration in industrial engineering projects. This study offers a framework that can help academics and project management practitioners deal with the challenges affecting inter-organizational collaboration at each project stage and consider preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration in industrial engineering project settings.
International journal of managing projects in business
|Pages:||999 - 1023|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
222 Other engineering and technologies
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