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The governance of knowledge in project-based organizations

Pemsel, Sofia LU and Müller, Ralf (2012) In International Journal of Project Management 30(8). p.865-876
Abstract
This research investigates patterns of knowledge governance practices in project-based organizations (PBOs). Five propositions about knowledge

governance in PBOs were deductively and empirically tested using qualitative data from 82 interviews. The results were triangulated with

those of prior studies. Results indicate that knowledge governance practices in PBOs are impacted by structural and situational factors, such as

being a subsidiary or standalone PBO, a PBO striving for excellence or not, as well as some preconditions, such as the executives' competence

in project governance. The results show that informal governance mechanisms are more useful than formal when it comes to knowledge... (More)
This research investigates patterns of knowledge governance practices in project-based organizations (PBOs). Five propositions about knowledge

governance in PBOs were deductively and empirically tested using qualitative data from 82 interviews. The results were triangulated with

those of prior studies. Results indicate that knowledge governance practices in PBOs are impacted by structural and situational factors, such as

being a subsidiary or standalone PBO, a PBO striving for excellence or not, as well as some preconditions, such as the executives' competence

in project governance. The results show that informal governance mechanisms are more useful than formal when it comes to knowledge creating

processes. Governance of informal knowledge creating mechanisms appears to be complex for executives and their preconceptions showed either

to be enablers or barriers to productive knowledge governance practices. Executive's competence and preconditions, concerning aspects like human

capabilities and attitudes to professional ethos, seems to impact knowledge governance strategies. In subsidiary PBOs knowledge governance

provides practitioners with proper assistance to avoid unbeneficial situations of having knowledge silos among loosely coupled islands. (Less)
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Knowledge governance, Project-based organizations, Project-oriented organizations, Knowledge management, End-users
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International Journal of Project Management
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30
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8
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865 - 876
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Elsevier
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0263-7863
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10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.02.002
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English
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  abstract     = {This research investigates patterns of knowledge governance practices in project-based organizations (PBOs). Five propositions about knowledge<br/><br>
governance in PBOs were deductively and empirically tested using qualitative data from 82 interviews. The results were triangulated with<br/><br>
those of prior studies. Results indicate that knowledge governance practices in PBOs are impacted by structural and situational factors, such as<br/><br>
being a subsidiary or standalone PBO, a PBO striving for excellence or not, as well as some preconditions, such as the executives' competence<br/><br>
in project governance. The results show that informal governance mechanisms are more useful than formal when it comes to knowledge creating<br/><br>
processes. Governance of informal knowledge creating mechanisms appears to be complex for executives and their preconceptions showed either<br/><br>
to be enablers or barriers to productive knowledge governance practices. Executive's competence and preconditions, concerning aspects like human<br/><br>
capabilities and attitudes to professional ethos, seems to impact knowledge governance strategies. In subsidiary PBOs knowledge governance<br/><br>
provides practitioners with proper assistance to avoid unbeneficial situations of having knowledge silos among loosely coupled islands.},
  author       = {Pemsel, Sofia and Müller, Ralf},
  issn         = {0263-7863},
  keyword      = {Knowledge governance,Project-based organizations,Project-oriented organizations,Knowledge management,End-users},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {865--876},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {International Journal of Project Management},
  title        = {The governance of knowledge in project-based organizations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2012.02.002},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2012},
}