Cutting and Binding the Ties - Understanding the influence of project autonomy on project-based learning and innovation

Leentje Volker, Thijs Willems, Lizet Kuitert, Alfons van Marrewijk, Marleen Hermans

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Abstract

Successfully sharing knowledge through interactions between projects and the organization is, especially in a situation of changing work processes, an important capability for organizations to learn. The aim of this study is to gain insights into the process of project-based learning, specifically by studying how project-based learning relates to project autonomy. Drawing on the data of two collaborative projects, we found that in both projects symbolic, discursive, and spatial practices of isolation were developed that changed the relationship with the permanent organization. We show how these practices contributed to the project teams moving from operating autonomously – whilst still having their goals aligned with the organization – to operating in isolation from the permanent organization. The findings indicate that project autonomy is beneficial for explorative forms of project-based learning, but when turning into isolation project autonomy inhibits the dissemination of knowledge to the wider project-oriented environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEGOS 2018
Subtitle of host publication34th EGOS Colloquium 2018: Surprise in and around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event34th EGOS Colloquium 2018: Surprise in and around Organizations: Journeys to the Unexpected - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 2 Jul 20187 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference34th EGOS Colloquium 2018
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period2/07/187/07/18

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