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Taking Stock: Capability Development in Interorganizational Projects


  • Elke Schüßler
  • Lauri Wessel
  • Martin Gersch


We examine how capabilities emerge in repeated interorganizational projects and how they affect project development. A multifaceted understanding of project capabilities in interorganizational projects is important, because project management research emphasizes capabilities’ contribution to project performance, but has also stressed their tendency to grow rigid. We review the literature on interorganizational project collaboration to identify the foundations and drivers of project capabilities in project networks and to outline their potentially ambiguous consequences. Our systematic overview of these studies provides a basis for further empirical research and project management practice.

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  • Elke Schüßler & Lauri Wessel & Martin Gersch, 2012. "Taking Stock: Capability Development in Interorganizational Projects," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 64(3), pages 171-186, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:64:y:2012:i:3:p:171-186

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    1. repec:eee:respol:v:46:y:2017:i:8:p:1399-1415 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. GRIMM, Nina, 2014. "The Need of Project Capabilities in Project Based Organizations," Romanian Distribution Committee Magazine, Romanian Distribution Committee, vol. 5(1), pages 24-29, March.

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    Creative Industries; Exploration/Exploitation; Interorganizational Projects; Path Dependence; Project Capabilities; Project Management; Project Networks; Temporary Organizations;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management


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