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Project learning and project competencies in project-based firms: swedish consultancy firms as case study
College of Business Administration, Ajman University of Science & Technology, United Arab Emirates.
Transaction Services Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, SHANGHAI, China.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2011 (English)In: World Journal of Management, ISSN 1836-070X, Vol. 2, no 3, 94-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores, describes and analyzes the various characteristics of interproject learning mechanisms and project competencies found in a sample of consulting firms in Sweden. The study focuses on the perceived importance of different interproject learning mechanisms and their perceived impact in developing project competencies in consulting firms. The study interrogates the ‘perceptions’ of ‘key’ informed project management practitioners, who have experience of managing projects. Their perceptions about project activities in their respective firms helped capture a ‘managerial’ view, as well as, provide ‘expert’ opinion. The study finds that the most highly ranked and valued interproject learning mechanisms involved some degree of face-to-face interactions. Learning mechanisms that enables the capture, storage and transfer of explicit knowledge, though important, were not ranked highly in importance as person-to-person communication. The difference might be due to the efficient way the latter mechanisms have in transferring socially embedded and context-dependant tacit knowledge, which comprise a large part of knowledge applied in execution and management of projects. As a result of the research findings, a number of recommendations are outlined.

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2011. Vol. 2, no 3, 94-119 p.
Keyword [en]
Interproject learning mechanisms, Project competencies, Project-based firms, Knowledge transfer, Consultancy sector
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47582OAI: diva2:443210
Available from: 2011-09-23 Created: 2011-09-23 Last updated: 2011-10-25Bibliographically approved

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