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Network mobilisation in Project based organizations such as film making
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Project networks are gaining importance for many project based organizations nowadays. Project based organizations carry non-routine and complex tasks by temporarily employing various specialists, allow more flexibility and are ideally suited for managing complexity and dynamic external environment. For managing a project based organization it is not only essential to have good know-how about the tasks involved but also to have good knowledge of potential project members and project partners. This leads to an increased interdependency among projects and focuses on the importance of project networks. In order to initiate a project a PBO mobilizes its network to bring potential project participants together.

Film making represents the pure form of project based organization since companies in this industry are formed in order to pursue specific project outcomes and are dismantled once project is completed. Organizations in the movie industry are highly dependent on project networks mobilization to carry out their project tasks. Since the mechanism of such mobilization process still remains unclear the main focus of this research is on how networks are mobilized in project based organization such as film making during the pre-production stage to carry out a specific project.

For the purposes of the research primary data was obtained as a result of semi-structured interviews with ten people involved in the film industry in Sweden. A mixture of specific and open-ended questions allowed receiving practical insight of film initiation process and narrating industry participants’ experiences on network mobilization for a film project.

During the study several factors were revealed that contribute to network mobilization process during the pre-production stage of film making as well as main activities of film making pre-production stage were discovered. The model was develop that combines the factors and pre-production stage activities to see which factors drive network mobilization for realizing each activity in this stage. The developed model permitted to analyze in details each factor and to reveal the degree of its influence on the pre-production stage in general. Results of the study show that network mobilization process is explained by several discovered factors and almost all of them help to mobilize the network to carry out each of the four activities in the pre-production stage to making a film.

The study concludes that since the identified factors contribute to network mobilization for realization of almost all of the activities in the pre-production stage of a movie project then they contribute to general network mobilization process in the preproduction stage for carrying out a movie project. The discovered factors facilitate the network mobilization process and help producers to attach potential participants to their projects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet , 2008. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Project networks, film making, Project based organization
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1502OAI: diva2:141246
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2008-01-22 Created: 2008-01-22 Last updated: 2010-03-16Bibliographically approved

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