Project Management

Governance of Interorganizational Project Networks

March 23, 2022 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)

Platform: Zoom
Capacity: 3000
Duration: 60 min
Presenters: Christine Unterhitzenberger, Nathalie Drouin, Ralf Müller


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Interorganizational networks for joint project execution increase in popularity, as they allow for efficient use of scarce and specialized resources. These networks are typically hybrid designs, including hierarchies and network structures, which need to be governed simultaneously. That poses a challenge to traditional governance theories, which typically assume either a hierarchical or a network structure, but not a mix of it.

The webinar reports on the empirical results of a large and global study on the questions of a) how longer-term interorganizational networks are formed and governed for joint projects, and b) the theories, structural designs, and governance practices used in different contexts. Interorganizational networks for project delivery regularly develop, conceive and change themselves to adapt to evolving environments to ensure performance of their joint projects and their networked organizations. Governance of these networks appears at three layers: a) the network for the individual project (a.k.a. network governance), b) the network of networks interacting for providing the context for the individual project, such as networks for joint tendering, professional certification, safety/quality standards etc. (a.k.a. governance of networks), and c) the ground-rules on which governance is based, such as national, legal, ethical or professional policies and laws (a.k.a. metagovernance). The individual dimensions of these layers and their interaction are discussed, as well as their impact on project success. A further novum of the study is the empirical development of multi-level governance approaches that explain the interaction of hierarchical and non-hierarchical subsets of networks through specific interface organizations, referred to as clubs, agencies, and boards. The presentation outlines a model that combines all findings into an overall theory, and provides practitioner guidelines for the use and implementation of the model.

After the webinar, the attendee will:

  • Know about different network topologies and the differences and dynamics in their setup, as well as the interface organizations that link different topological governance structures
  • Can distinguish between different governance layers for interorganizational networks, and the particular elements they consist of
  • Know about the interaction between the layers, and how higher layer governance influences lower layer governance
  • Know about the particular impact of layers and elements on the success of projects
  • Know about at least five different applications of the findings in practical governance settings.
This webinar qualifies for the following PDUs:
 
PMP/PgMP
CAPM
PMI-ACP
PMI-SP
PMI-RMP
PfMP
PMI-PBA
DASM
DASSM
DAC
DAVSC
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