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Saukko, L., Aaltonen, K. and Haapasalo, H. (2022), "Defining integration capability dimensions and creating a corresponding self-assessment model for inter-organizational projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 15 No. 8, pp. 77-110.

Defining integration capability dimensions and creating a corresponding self-assessment model for inter-organizational projects

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Author: Saukko, Laura1; Aaltonen, Kirsi1; Haapasalo, Harri1
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-07-15


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to define the integration capability dimensions and create a model for self-assessing the integration capability in inter-organizational projects.

Design/methodology/approach: A theoretical construct of, referred in this study as integration capability framework is elaborated following a systematic literature review. Thereafter, an integration capability self-assessment model, based on maturity thinking, is derived from the theoretical framework. The self-assessment model is further developed and tested for validity within five inter-organizational project networks in cooperation with industry practitioners, representing construction, industrial engineering, and mining sectors.

Findings: The results show that inter-organizational projects can use the developed model in self-assessing the maturity levels of various integration mechanisms, thus the state of integration capability at any point in time during inter-organizational projects.

Originality/value: This study is an attempt to identify how the integration capability dimensions can be self-assessed in inter-organizational projects, through the maturity levels of various integration mechanisms. The results offer insights for both academics and project management practitioners.

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Series: International journal of managing projects in business
ISSN: 1753-8378
ISSN-E: 1753-8386
ISSN-L: 1753-8378
Volume: 15
Issue: 8
Pages: 77 - 110
DOI: 10.1108/ijmpb-04-2021-0085
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: The Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion has provided an encouragement grant for this work.
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