Politics, public servants, and profits: Institutional complexity and temporary hybridization in a public infrastructure alliance project

Matinheikki, J, Aaltonen, K and Walker, D 2019, 'Politics, public servants, and profits: Institutional complexity and temporary hybridization in a public infrastructure alliance project', International Journal of Project Management, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 298-317.


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Title Politics, public servants, and profits: Institutional complexity and temporary hybridization in a public infrastructure alliance project
Author(s) Matinheikki, J
Aaltonen, K
Walker, D
Year 2019
Journal name International Journal of Project Management
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 298
End page 317
Total pages 20
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Public infrastructure projects must comply with the divergent and even conflicting demands of multiple institutional logics causing institutional complexity. Despite the increasing interest in different forms of complexities in projects, we lack empirical illustrations and rigorous theorizing of mechanisms for responding to institutional complexity. This paper demonstrates how public buyers of a tunnel construction project formed a hybrid organization of a multi-party project alliance to respond to institutional complexity. We delineate a process of temporary hybridization through which the competing logics of a bureaucratic state, corporate market, and multiple professions were combined within the temporary project alliance organization. Such temporary hybridization not only focused on selective coupling with external demands but also mitigated internal tensions. Our findings emphasize a blended organizational structure, jointly formed governance and incentive systems, and the facilitation of social interaction to build a temporary yet sustainable hybrid organization capable of combining conflicting institutional logics.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Hybrid organizing
Institutional complexity
Institutional logics
Project alliance
Public infrastructure projects
Temporary hybridization
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.ijproman.2018.07.004
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