The strategic roles of innovation and exploration in today’s competitive environment have triggered an important evolution in the field of project studies. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that the dominant, rational view of project management as the accomplishment of a clearly defined goal in a specified period of time, and in conformity with certain budget and quality requirements, does not fit with the logic of innovation that is first and foremost characterized by discovery (Van de Ven, Polley, Garud, & Venkataraman, 1999), unforeseeable uncertainty (Loch, DeMeyer, & Pich, 2006), and expansion (Hatchuel, 2002). It also does not fit with the logic of entrepreneurial orientation, which is characterized by proactively seeking, (co-)creating, and seizing new and innovative business opportunities and by a risk-taking attitude, leading to a sustained proclivity of shareholders and senior managers to pursue projects with uncertain outcomes (Anderson, Kreiser, Kuratko, Hornsby, & Eshima, 2105; Covin & Slevin, 1991; Miller, 1983; Rauch, Wiklund, Lumpkin, & Frese, 2009; Rosenbusch, Rausch, & Bausch, 2013).

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Two Sunny Berlin Days with Candace Jones and Stewart Clegg

Berlin, July 11-12, 2017


The DFG network “Temporary Organizing” coordinated by Timo Braun, School of Business & Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, held its first workshop right after EGOS. In this respect, we could benefit from two talks by Candace Jones (University of Edinburgh) and Stewart Clegg (University of Technology Sydney) on How temporary projects lead to institutional stability (by Candace) and Temporal Conditioning and Institutional Pluralism: Exploring the Nature and Dynamics (by Stewart).

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Who we are?

We are a network of early career researchers funded by the German Research Foundation (“Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” [DFG]) and dedicated to the topic “Temporary Organizing under Tension: Between Stability and Change”. The activities of the network start in June 2017. Within a period of 18 months, the network will, among other things, host four workshops on selected topics in the field of temporary organizing. International keynote speakers will present their views on temporary organizing and engage in discussions with the network members as well as with invited guests.

What we are interested in…

Temporary organizing in the shape of projects, events, or contract and temporary work is a widely spread empirical phenomenon that still continues to grow in importance and that reflects both the uncertainty resulting from intensified competition in globalized markets and the “Zeitgeist” of acceleration, speed, and time scarcity. Forms of temporary organizing are see to provide a high degree of flexibility to the actors involved and have become the predominant form of organizing innovation, change, and transformative activities.  Continue reading