Time goes by really fast: From June 13th to June 16th already the third workshop of the scientific network “Temporary Organizing” took place – this time at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Our local host was Jörg Raab and several other scholars from Tilburg University joined us, among them Federica Angeli, Marius Meeus, and Leon Oerlemans.

The workshop started with a keynote by Rolf Lundin (University of Jönköping) with a methodological focus “An after method approach to research – Chunking”.

Based on extended abstracts, six scholars fromour network then pitched their ideas for a special issue/volume that we are currently planning:

  1. The Unknown, the Familiar, and the Permanent: How Absorptive Capacity Helps New Ventures to Overcome Tensions between New and Recurrent Project Partnerships (presented by Hendrik Wilhelm)
  2. Temporary hybrid organizations for dealing with complex social issues. How do they learn? (presented by Jörg Raab)
  3. Linking the temporary with the permanent – An empirical study about the handling of organizational tensions by means of project-based paradoxical management strategies (presented by Stephan Bohn)
  4. Time is nothing, timing is everything: Unfolding temporal contradictions in project organizing (presented by Iben Stjerne)
  5. It’s all about moving the pawns in the game – Organizing innovation process-es in the board game sector (presented by Suntje Schmidt)
  6. Temporary organizing and organizing temporality: On the multilayered architecture of accelerators (presented by Matthias Wenzel)

Thereafter, in a new workshop format “Future Research Projects Generator”, Suntje Schmidt (
Humboldt University Berlin), Katharina Scheidgen (Technical University Berlin) and Timo Braun (Freie Universität Berlin) presented an outline for a proposal that links research streams on temporary organizing, entrepreneurial ecosystems and networks.

As highlight of the evening program, Joseph Lampel (University of Manchester) gave an informal keynote discussing the impact of temporary organizing on democracies and society on a broader level.

The subsequent days were linked to the Tilburg Temporary Organizations Conference (TTOC) that attracted leading international scholars in the field of project management research (http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/ttoc2018).

The Tilburg Temporary Organizations Conference will be held June 14/15, 2018 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

The conference is organized by the Department of Organization Studies at Tilburg University.

Deadline for abstracts (500 words) is January 12, 2018.

For further information please go to:


On behalf of the organizing committee

Joerg Raab



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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