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Aaltonen, K. and Turkulainen, V. (2022), "Institutionalization of a collaborative governance model to deliver large, inter-organizational projects", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 42 No. 8, pp. 1294-1328.

Institutionalization of a collaborative governance model to deliver large, inter-organizational projects

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Author: Aaltonen, Kirsi1; Turkulainen, Virpi2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Technology, Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-10-31


Purpose: In this study, we develop further understanding of how institutional change is created within a mature and local industry. In this pursuit, we examine how a collaborative large project governance model was institutionalized at an industrial sector-level through both industry-level activities and “institutional projects”.

Design/methodology/approach: This study builds on the foundations of institutional fields and institutional change, suggesting that projects are not only shaped by their contexts but also produce institutional change themselves. We conducted extensive fieldwork on the institutionalization of a collaborative project governance model in Finland.

Findings: The findings illustrate how institutional change in governance of large and complex interorganizational projects is created at the institutional field level. The institutionalized collaborative project governance model includes aspects of both relational and contractual governance. The change was facilitated by temporal links between the institutional projects as well as vertical links between the institutional projects and the field-level development programs.

Originality/value: This is one of the first studies to address how a collaborative large project governance model becomes the norm at the institutional field level beyond the boundaries of an individual project or organization.

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Series: International journal of operations & production management
ISSN: 0144-3577
ISSN-E: 1758-6593
ISSN-L: 0144-3577
Volume: 42
Issue: 8
Pages: 1294 - 1328
DOI: 10.1108/ijopm-11-2021-0741
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2022, Kirsi Aaltonen and Virpi Turkulainen. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at