The P-Form Corporation

Jonas Söderlund and Fredrik Tell

in The Oxford Handbook of Project Management

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199563142
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

The P-Form Corporation

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To a great extent the attractiveness of projects lies in their capacity to integrate diverse knowledge bases and expertise. This capacity has become increasingly important as industries and firms turn to business models involving “complex product systems” and “integrated solutions,” which require R&D initiatives and implementation efforts to span across knowledge domains and organizational boundaries. Such developments have led firms to explore the use and value of projects as a key feature of their organizational design and growth trajectories. In that respect, projects are not only measures for integrating knowledge from diverse sources, but they also allow for low-cost and flexible resource commitments. The advent of projects as a key feature in organizational practice has attracted researchers to investigate a broad range of issues.

Keywords: knowledge bases; expertise; complex product systems; integrated solution; organizational design; growth trajectories; resource commitments

Article.  9345 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Strategy

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