Inter-organisational project management in context: managing differences

P.M. (Nel) Wognum, Edward C.C. Faber

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Although in many organisations projects are run according to a standard procedure many projects run out of time and budget, don't achieve the required quality standards, or don't even finish at all. This is especially the case for large and complex projects with large differences between the parties involved. Although there is much knowledge and experience on what the causes are of sub-optimal project performance, this knowledge is still rather experential and anecdotal. In this paper, we will present a systematic approach towards building knowledge on factors influencing multi-site project behaviour. For this purpose, we will consider projects as temporary organisations. We will identify three classes of problems, which may lead to project failure. The paper addresses part of the causes of problems, namely differences between project parties. Our research focuses on new product development projects performed at multiple sites. A model will be presented of essential classes of differences to take into account in managing a project. In addition, a learning approach towards supporting project management in identifying and managing differences will be presented. The approach is illustrated with examples from a longitudinal case study into Dutch-Mexican collaborative projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering the Knowledge Economy through Co-operation
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, 27-29 June 2001
EditorsK.D. Thoben, F. Weber, K.S. Pawar
Place of PublicationNottingham, UK
PublisherUniversity of Nottingham, Centre for Concurrent Enterprising
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)08-535-8098-7
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2001
Event7th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, ICE 2001: Engineering the Knowledge Economy through Co-operation - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 27 Jun 200129 Jun 2001
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, ICE 2001
Abbreviated titleICE


  • Project management
  • Inter-organisational collaboration
  • Product and process development

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