Managerial agency (re)producing project governance structure and context: Public-private partnerships in the Netherlands

Camilo Benitez-Avila*, Andreas Hartmann

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Project managers activate their agentic powers in the (re)production of project governance structure and the institutional context of projects. By examining three ongoing Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects within the Dutch policy path, we provide evidence that managers aim to improve their working conditions when enacting three project governing practices: upscaling issues, adapting, and reproducing. Additionally, we show that public project managers mobilized as a group of interest within the public parent organization are able to influence the policy context and improve their control position for future PPP agreements. We identify "emerging associativity" and "ideological legitimization" as core processes of managerial agency, deployed in project practice and influencing institutional contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102468
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of project management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


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