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On the dynamics of coordination in temporary organisations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

As the development of coordination research have shifted away from a quest for environmental fit towards an interest in daily practices, new emergent and more dynamic dimensions have come to be at the centre of attention. In an attempt to take another step into the dynamics of coordination this paper addresses the question of how and owing to what the practice of coordination changes over time. The paper takes a processual stance towards understanding the conditions shaping the emergent, activity based coordination in a temporary organization. Based on a case study of a €100 million, five year long Swedish infrastructure project, the paper analyses the development process over the life cycle of the temporary organization. The paper is divided into two parts. The first part is based on a short historical review where a broad conceptualisation is presented that links traditional contingency theory ideas to time and the emergent practices that constitute the act of coordination. The second part – building on the first part – is based on empirically supported thematic theorizing and presents three empirically generated categories of social elements that explain the impact of time and processual development in relation to the coordination practice. The elements presented – incrementally increased understanding, a sense of affinity, and increasing reliance – capture the emergent social aspects that constitute the dynamics of the life cycle. The paper concludes with a suggestion that the theoretical areas of learning, socialisation, and trust could provide additional theoretical understanding of the development process of coordination and the presented categories.

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Keyword [en]
Coordination, emergent practices, work based approach, temporary organizations, dynamics, and projects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46394OAI: diva2:438056
26th EGOS, Portugal, June 29–July 3, 2010.
Available from: 2011-08-31 Created: 2011-08-31 Last updated: 2011-08-31Bibliographically approved

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