Jörg Sydow

Jörg Sydow
Freie Universität Berlin | FUB · School of Business & Economics

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Introduction
Dr. Jörg Sydow is a Professor of Management at the School of Business & Economics of Freie Universität Berlin. Before he held a chair for planning and organization at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. He was a visiting scholar at leading universities, including the University of Arizona, University of New South Wales, Columbia University in New York City, Waseda University in Tokyo and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. From 2004 until 2007 he was also an international visiting fellow of AIM Research in London. He is currently the academic director of the Research Unit "Organized Creativity", sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and situated at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
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October 1996 - present
Freie Universität Berlin
Position
  • Professor of Management, Chair of Inter-firm Cooperation
Education
October 1988 - September 1991
Freie Universität Berlin
Field of study
  • Business Studies
October 1979 - September 1984
Freie Universität Berlin
Field of study
  • Management
September 1978 - June 1979
Imperial College London
Field of study
  • Management Science

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Publications (387)
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Organizational interactions in fields, including their antecedents and consequences, remain under-researched, in particular with regard to relational distance and transformative skills. Through a comparative study of the German and Japanese wind power sectors, we explore the importance of distance among organizational actors and the development of...
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Purpose Many start-ups do not survive the first few years of business. Previous studies suggest that networks play a role in start-ups' success, but this positive effect has limits. The purpose of this paper is to answer the call for a better understanding of the dark side of networks and the variables that condition variables' effect on the likeli...
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Objectives: Within the last 2 decades, numerous interventions making use of high-reliability theory have been implemented to increase reliability in healthcare organizations. This systematic literature review first explores the concrete goals on which such interventions focus. Second, the review captures how the achievement of these goals, or alte...
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Zusammenfassung Im Zuge der zunehmenden Digitalisierung gewinnen interorganisationale Netzwerke, Plattformen und Ökosysteme zunehmend an Bedeutung. Jedoch bleibt oft unklar, was mit diesen Konzepten gemeint ist und in welchem Verhältnis sie zueinander stehen. Dieser Beitrag hat daher das Ziel, diese Konzepte genauer zu fassen und die jeweiligen Ver...
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This paper proposes a practice-based perspective on how managers resource goal-directed networks in the public sector, especially those governed by a network administrative organization. While previous literature shows that network managers need to acquire and allocate resources in order to achieve network goals, little is known about specific reso...
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The organization of complex projects relies more than that of simpler ones on institutions. Neo-institutional theory, not only the most popular branch of institutional theory, but also of organization theory more generally, has for decades emphasized the role of institutions, internal as well as external ones, in organizing processes-and has recent...
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The organization of complex projects relies more than that of simpler ones on institutions. Neo-institutional theory, not only the most popular branch of institutional theory, but also of organization theory more generally, has for decades emphasized the role of institutions, internal as well as external ones, in organizing processes – and has rece...
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Over time, organizational routines are likely to become persistent or even path-dependent. Such a process is obviously influenced by the degree of routinization; by the complexity, inter¬dependency and complementarity of routines; and also by their embeddedness in (inter-)organizational structures and practices. However, the acknowledgement of the...
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Globale Wertschöpfungsnetzwerke haben als Organisationsform ökonomischer Aktivitäten in den letzten Jahrzehnten deutlich an Bedeutung gewonnen. Zurückgeblieben ist demgegenüber trotz der massiven Betroffenheit vieler Interessengruppen – nicht nur, aber besonders der Beschäftigten – eine effektive Vertretung der Interessen. Dies gilt zwar auch für d...
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Although certainly of a much older (or even ancient) origin, during the last two decades or so project networks have become an established object of management and organization research in general and project management studies in particular. While projects are a common, if not the most common form of a temporary organization, project networks are...
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In diesem Beitrag diskutieren wir, nach kurzer Klärung des Verhältnisses von Kreativität und Innovation, welche Rolle das Thema bislang in der wissenschaftlichen Entrepreneurship-Literatur spielt, und wie vor allem eine explizite Kreativitätsforschung in diesem Bereich in Zukunft ausgebaut werden könnte. Dazu analysieren wir zunächst die bislang no...
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This is a commentary to a former paper by Sedwick and Jensen published in this very journal. On the one hand, the commentary praises the paper’s urgently needed focus on interorganizational relationships and empirical richness. On the other, the commentary questions habitual path dependence as a theoretically useful concept.
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Major crises such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic often trigger economic, political, and societal actors to rethink how economic activities should be organized. In Germany, too, the pandemic unveiled a serious shortage of supplies such as personal protection equipment, medical devices, disinfectants, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals, underlining...
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As administrations increasingly rely on interorganizational networks to organize public service provision, this article inspects the role resourcing plays in the way managers working in networks cope in the face of extreme events. Using comparative analyses of fieldwork in the context of two emergency service networks in two major cities in Germany...
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In face of the present Corona pandemic the paper argues for rethinking and redesigning global production networks, emphasizing interorganizational reliablity.
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Industry dynamics are about stability and change on the field level of analysis. This chapter will use the lens of path dependence to study the emergent field of renewable energy. On this level of analysis, path dependence theory has to address not only technological, but also organizational and institutional dynamics that intricately interact. Mor...
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Using the theory of path dependence, this chapter increases our understanding of the hyper-stability of certain practices in health care as well as of the whole health system. Technological, institutional and organizational path dependences are based on self-reinforcing mechanisms that create such stability, making deviations from existing paths ex...
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Taking a whole network perspective, we theorize on whether and how global production networks can enhance their social responsibility by managing the inter-organizational relations that constitute such networks in a more reliable way. Combining insights from the literature on network governance and the management of inter-firm networks, we develop...
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Taking a whole network perspective, we theorize on whether and how global production networks can enhance their social responsibility by managing the inter-organizational relations that constitute such networks in a more reliable way. Combining insights from the literature on network governance and the management of inter-firm networks, we develop...
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Die Beiträge in diesem Band setzen sich mit aktuellen Veränderungen in Organisationen und Unternehmungsnetzwerken unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Konkurrenzen und Solidaritäten auseinander. Dabei stehen neue Anforderungen an die Arbeitenden im Mittelpunkt der Beiträge. Anton Kobel, dem dieser Band gewidmet ist, hat seiner Praxis einen erweite...
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Social Entrepreneurship, im weitesten Sinne als Unternehmertum für das Gemeinwohl zu übersetzen, gewinnt wissenschaftlich sowie gesellschaftlich an Relevanz. Während die Management- und Organisationsforschung sich mehr und mehr diesem Phänomen zuwendet, entwickelt sich in Deutschland eine vielfältige Szene von Gründer*innen, die sich am Gemeinwohl...
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Organisational restructuring towards vertical disintegration and the accompanying rise of service delivery network (SDN) calls for closer attention, studying whether and how work and employment are strategically managed across organisational boundaries. In this paper, we adopt a “strategy‐as‐practice” approach to explain the emergence of an Human R...
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Purpose Many health systems face challenges such as rising costs and lacking quality, both of which can be addressed by improving the integration of different health care sectors and professions. The purpose of this viewpoint is to present the German health care Innovation Fund (IF) initiated by the Federal Government to support the development and...
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This discussion paper reports and reflects on the reception of our article “Organizational path dependence: Opening the black box”, which was published in 2009 in the Academy of Management Review and granted the AMR Decade Award in 2019. While we were invited by the editor of the journal to discuss the criticism evoked by that paper, to re-examine...
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This article reflects on our article of 2009, “Organizational path dependence: Opening the black box,” which received the Academy of Management Review’s Decade Award in 2019. We review how the article has been used in subsequent research, discuss the criticism it has elicited, and reexamine our original propositions in light of theoretical insights...
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Over time, organizational routines are likely to become persistent or even path-dependent. Such a process is obviously influenced by the degree of routinization; by the complexity, inter¬dependency and complementarity of routines; and also by their embeddedness in (inter-)organizational structures and practices. However, the acknowledgement of the...
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Over time, organizational routines are likely to become persistent or even path-dependent. Such a process is obviously influenced by the degree of routinization; by the complexity, interdependency and complementarity of routines; and also by their embeddedness in (inter-)organizational structures and practices. However, the acknowledgement of the t...
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With the aim of portraying the future of the field, HRM scholars have repeatedly proposed new research domains and perspectives. Unusual forms of organization do not, however, play a major role in these proposals, even if they have gained some importance in practice. A case in point relates to temporary forms of organization in general and project-...
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This chapter analyzes how work and employment are shaped within a landscape marked by organizational innovation and, more often than not, even by the fundamental transformation of formal organizations. Even large organizations are increasingly adopting what some have called "post-bureaucratic" forms. The post-bureaucratic organizational landscape i...
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Hintergrund Die Sicherstellung der gesundheitlichen Versorgung in ländli-chen Regionen gestaltet sich zunehmend schwieriger. Inzwi-schen wurde eine Vielfalt von Modellen und Maßnahmen ent-wickelt, die eine langfristige Sicherstellung der gesundheitli-chen Versorgung im ländlichen Raum jenseits der klassischen Bedarfsplanung ermöglichen sollen. Meth...
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In this paper, we ask how organizational restructuring towards a network form of service delivery at airports challenges the established form of employment relations in Germany, i.e. labour-management collaboration. Building on a theoretical discussion of the marketization hypothesis, we develop a structuration perspective on the relationship betwe...
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Production in interorganizational networks, which often crosses national borders, is usually characterized by complex industrial relations. Part of this complexity is due to the geographical diversification of value creation and the concomitant diversity of institutional contexts, including legal and cultural differences. In addition, the network-t...
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This discussion paper reports and reflects on the reception of our article “Organizational path dependence: Opening the black box”, which was published in 2009 in the Academy of Management Review and granted the AMR Decade Award in 2019. While we were invited by the editor of the journal to discuss the criticism evoked by that paper, to re-examine...
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Temporary organizing in general and project-based organizing in particular are to be understood only in relation to more permanent contexts such as organizations, inter-organizational networks, industries/fields and society. In view of the ability of organizations to balance permanency and temporariness, they are unlikely to disappear due to tempor...
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Contemporary works on entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs) suffer from a lack of theorization. We address this problem by conceptualizing EE as institutional fields, which is an analytical construct that is already well-elaborated on in neo-institutional theory. This theory provides a processual lens that is sensitive to the role of both institutions a...
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Die Sicherstellung der ambulanten und stationären Gesundheitsversorgung in ländlichen Räumen ist aufgrund von demographischem Wandel und anhaltender Urbanisierung mit zunehmenden Herausforderungen konfrontiert. Der vorliegende Beitrag zeigt bestehende Lösungsansätze in systematischer Weise auf. Dabei werden Gestaltungselemente aus den Bereichen Koo...
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Introduction of a forthcoming Special Issue of Research in the Sociology of Organization on "Managing Inter-organizational Collaborations - Process Views" (2020)
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Projektarbeit bestimmt in der arbeitsteilig organisierten, digitalisierten und globalisierten Arbeitswelt zunehmend das Tagesgeschäft. Die Konstituierung und Führung von Projekten sowie die Beherrschung der hierzu erforderlichen Werkzeuge wird damit als Managementaufgabe unverzichtbar. Das Lehrbuch ist auf die Bedürfnisse einer Grundlagenveranstalt...
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Embeddedness of German wind turbine manufacturers in industrial relations institutions? Empirical insights from selected cases Knowledge about the specific characteristics of employment relations in the field of renewable energy is comparatively sparse. This holds despite the fact that especially newly emerging industries offer excellent possibili...
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The selection of partners is critical for the success of interorganizational projects. Based on conceptual reasoning in light of prior research, as well as illustrative empirical insights into an ongoing interorganizational project in the construction industry, we argue that partner selection practices not only target the organizational capabilitie...
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Organizational routines emerge in firms during the process of new venture creation. Typically, they are imprinted and sometimes replicated by the entrepreneurs creating the organization, reflecting individual and contextual characteristics. In particular cases, organizations are designed for replicating routines for new ventures. The authors invest...
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Institutions are long-term and stabilizing mechanisms of social interaction that provide much of the groundwork for projects as temporary systems. Due to amassed change ambitions in contemporary projects, not least reflected in their increasing complexity, such systems to a greater extent revolve around processes of institutional change. This devel...
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Der Beitrag stellt die zentralen theoretischen Grundannahmen der strukturationstheoretischen Lesart interorganisationaler Netzwerke dar. Zugleich wird deutlich gemacht, dass dieser Ansatz auch eine unmittelbare managementpraktische Relevanz hat: Er bietet für den Aufbau und das Management von Netzwerken vier erfolgskritische Gestaltungsfelder an. D...
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Institutions are long-term and stabilizing mechanisms of social interaction that provide much of the groundwork for projects as temporary systems. Due to amassed change ambitions in contemporary projects, not least reflected in their increasing complexity, such systems to a greater extent revolve around processes of institutional change. This devel...
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Qualitative study on organizational models and actions to secure the provision of health care in German rural areas. We have also explored barriers to the implementaiton of such organizational models as well as their potential. The study is in German.
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In the chapter, we review concepts from neo-institutionalist thinking, especially the notion of institutional work, and connect it to possible refinements and contributions in S-D logic. A wealth of research in sociological as well as organization and management theory has explored various practices of the creation, maintenance and disruption of in...
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Although management scholars recognize that intention of formalization influences the manner in which formal controls are applied within organizations, this issue has been largely overlooked in research on strategic alliances including franchise networks. We investigate formalization intent (the way in which controls are initiated and executed) by...
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The creation of a new venture is at the heart of entrepreneurship and shares parallels with project-based organizing: embedded in an institutional context, founders have to assemble a team that works on specified tasks within a strict time-constraint, while the new venture undergoes various transitions. Based upon a case study of the Berlin start-u...
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Organizational creativity is essential in the face of an unknown future. In this chapter, we inspect pertinent philosophical insights into the problems and paradoxes of creation and creativity. To this end, we take care not to strain the concept of paradox, which is somewhat devalued through inflation, and to replace it, in many cases, with the con...
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The papers accepted for publication in this themed issue reflect to a large extent the long-needed move toward recognizing the importance of a focus on tensions and contradictions as dualities. In this commentary, I will recap the tensions addressed not only in these papers but also in the commentary by Grabher and inquire into how they address the...
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Previous studies on open innovation have primarily adopted the perspective of single firms. Against this background we explore how open innovation is managed at the network level for the case of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). Using a longitudinal case study, we report on how the ITRS deals with a technological disco...
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Die Anwendung von evidenzbasiertem Management stößt aufgrund der Komplexität der Realität und dem insbesondere im deutschen Sprachraum oft eindimensionalen Verständnis des Konzeptes an Grenzen. Mit Blick auf die evidenzbasierte Medizin verdeutlichen wir diese Herausforderungen und zeigen eine Lösung auf: die Reflexivität von Praxis, die in der Führ...
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How do organizations of vastly different size collaborate in order to achieve a common goal? While this poses less of a problem when the network is orchestrated by a classic lead firm, in networks exhibiting a shared governance mode, where leadership responsibilities are more or less equally distributed, size differentials present a critical manage...
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How do organizations of vastly different size collaborate in order to achieve a common goal? While this poses less of a problem when the network is orchestrated by a classic lead firm, in networks exhibiting a shared governance mode, where leadership responsibilities are more or less equally distributed, size differentials present a critical manage...
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Jörg Sydow, Arnold Windeler, Gordon Müller-Seitz, and Knut Lange develop an unconventional analytic approach called path constitution analysis (PCA). This integrates the concepts of path dependence and path creation, which have attracted limited methodological attention although they are widely applied for explanatory purposes. Path dependence in p...
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Dieser Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit den Rahmenbedingungen für Unternehmertum innerhalb des deutschen Gesundheitssystems und erfolgversprechenden Strategien von Entrepreneuren. Anhand eines Fallbeispiels wird gezeigt, wie sich serielles Unternehmertum in Form des Aufbaus und der Skalierung von innovativen populationsbezogenen Versorgungsmodellen ges...
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Project-based organizing is becoming increasingly common, but projects are challenging for managers because they must coordinate resources, including people and information, under time pressure to achieve a one-off outcome. In this article, we suggest that a network lens is ideal for researching project coordination because it enables the intereste...
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Ensuring social responsibility is a continued challenge in value creation processes that are globally dispersed among multiple organizations. We use the literature on interorganizational network management to shed new light on the question of how employment relations can be managed more responsibly in global value networks (GVNs). In contrast to th...
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Scholars in the field of supply chain management have started to embrace the idea of simultaneous cooperation and competition (“coopetition”) in supplier networks but have mainly looked at coopetition from a structural perspective. In this paper, we complement the structural view with a paradox perspective to investigate the competitive tensions th...
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This chapter points to the peculiar nature of trust as a property of inter-organizational relations that may be desirable though not easily established, but also sometimes undesirable though hard to abandon. We argue that this is due to self-reinforcing processes that may be slow to get started but that tend to spiral up to levels that essentially...
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The Fukushima disaster of 2011 has changed the perspective on renewable energies, not least in Japan. Although the production of renewable energies has since then continuously increased in that country, too, Fukushima seems to have had a greater impact on other countries such as Germany, for example. Given the insight that emerging fields often for...
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The Fukushima disaster of 2011 has changed the perspective on renewable energies, not least in Japan. Although the production of renewable energies has since then continuously increased in that country, too, Fukushima seems to have had a greater impact on other countries such as Germany, for example. Given the insight that emerging fields often for...
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In this paper, we ask how organizational restructuring towards a network form of service delivery at airports challenges the established form of employment relations in Germany, i.e. labour-management collaboration. Building on a theoretical discussion of the marketization hypothesis, we develop a structuration perspective on the relationship betwe...
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In economic geography, the notion of copresence has been at the very center of the research agenda for decades. The elaboration of the benefits of colocation and physical proximity was (and still is) a chief aim of the disciplinary project to demonstrate that ''geography matters''. The geographical concern with colocation, proximity and distance, i...
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Moving beyond the present post-heroic perspective known from leadership and entrepreneurship research that emphasizes the importance of external context, we shift the focus from the entrepreneurial luminary and his or her core team to the entrepreneurial firm as an organization with employees. This organizational view captures the vital role of emp...
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According to Friedrich Nietzsche, artists impose restrictions on themselves to encourage creativity and even have a way of " making things difficult " – imposing new constraints on themselves within which they have to dance. At least in the arts, it is difficulty rather than ease which promotes creativity in accordance with this view. This goes bey...
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Organizations make ample use not only of temporary employment and contract work but also of projects, perhaps the most popular form of temporary organizing. This trend will nevertheless not herald the end of organizations as we know them. In order to be effective, most forms of temporary organizing rely on complementary permanent organizational or...
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Existing conceptualizations of projects as temporary organizations capture their interorganizational facets only implicitly. We present theoretical ideas on how to further conceptualize the interorganizational dimension in line with recent developments in the field of managing interorganizational relations. Towards this end, we will recapitulate th...
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Inter-organizational networks represent social systems with a more or less polycentric character. Such systems are in need of an adeqaute form of governance as well as network management practices that either reproduce, adapt or even transform the specific network governance form. Two contrasting concepts, path dependence and uncertainty, will be i...