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Nyameke, E., & Haapasalo, H. (2022). Identity formation and maintenance in a large hospital construction project. Project Leadership and Society, 3, 100058.

Identity formation and maintenance in a large hospital construction project

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Author: Nyameke, Emmanuel1; Haapasalo, Harri1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management, P.O. Box 4610, 90014, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-10-31


Earlier research has demonstrated that in a project organization, project identity is a central leadership vehicle that offers a useful means for examining and developing shared interests and goals among project participants. However, little research has focused on project identity formation and identity maintenance.

We focused on the case of a large hospital construction project and used a qualitative research method to create propositions describing the essential identity formation activities that the program management office (PMO), the project director, and together with the project management team need to intentionally undertake in the early phases of a hospital construction project and corresponding identity maintenance during the project implementation period.

The findings indicate that identity creation and formation is initiated from the first meetings at the project front end and naturally evolves, but significant intentional actions need to be organized and controlled at the front end. Identity maintenance as a deliberate managerial action should take place during project implementation to keep identity alive as a positive resource, not resulting in the identity fading away to something else.

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Series: Project leadership and society
ISSN: 2666-7215
ISSN-E: 2666-7215
ISSN-L: 2666-7215
Volume: 3
Article number: 100058
DOI: 10.1016/j.plas.2022.100058
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
212 Civil and construction engineering
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (