Temporary Organizations
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Temporary Organizations

Prevalence, Logic and Effectiveness

Edited by Patrick Kenis, Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan and Bart Cambré

This important and timely book provides a systematic treatment of temporary organizations – an increasingly prevalent organizational form in which organizations work together on a joint task – for example, a movie production, a rescue operation, development of a new product – for an ex ante limited period of time.
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Chapter 10: Conclusion: Toward an Integrated View of Temporary Organizations: Future Research Agenda and Managerial Implications

Patrick Kenis, Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan and Bart Cambré


Patrick Kenis, Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan and Bart Cambré THE INTEGRATION OF THE BOOK: PARALLEL THEMES Given the increasing importance of temporary organizations in contemporary ways of organizing, we have dedicated this book to gaining insights into the structure, function and outcomes of this organizational form. This decision was based on three contentions (see also the Introduction to this volume). First, a review of the research on TOs (Chapter 2) revealed that interorganizational temporary organizations were significantly understudied. Second, although the project management literature gives some attention to the concept of time, time is considered predominantly instrumental, a scarce and predictable resource rather than one closely linked to social structure and behavior. In contrast, we proposed that the impact time has on the outcomes and social processes within organizations should be studied. Therefore, this book has focused on temporariness – ex ante determined limited duration – and its consequences. And finally, rather than being normative and prescriptive in the analysis of temporary organizations, we chose a theory-informed approach. As a consequence, we were able to write analytical descriptions of temporary organizations and then make propositions about how they function. Because of the number and variety of authors, Temporary Organizations: Prevalence, Logic and Effectiveness includes diverse ideas and concepts. One of our challenges, therefore, was to integrate these different perspectives into a coherent framework addressing the phenomenon of temporary organizations. With that aim in mind, we systematically analyzed the six 259 260 Temporary organizations theory building chapters of Part II of this book to identify...

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