Tensions and paradoxes in temporary organizing Vol: 67

Joseph Lampel
Manchester Institute for Innovation Research, UK

Timo Braun
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Product Details
17 Sep 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
256 pages - 152 x 229mm
Research in the Sociology of Organizations

Breaking new ground in research on temporary organizations, this volume of Research in the Sociology of Organizations brings together papers that examine how temporary organizations navigate the tensions and deal with the paradoxes that are the consequences of temporal limitation.

This volume explores diverse forms of temporary organizations including: animation festivals, cultural celebrations, unconferences, start-up accelerators, humanitarian emergency response, strategic initiatives, projects and megaprojects, project portfolios and networks of projects. This volume uses 3 key questions to unify this empirical diversity:

1. The pace and rhythm of temporary organizing: how do conflicting temporal norms shape work and life in temporary organizations? 

2. What are the tactics and practices that temporary organizations develop when dealing with the tensions and paradoxes they confront? 

3. When relying for resources and working on behalf of permanent organizations, how do temporary organizations deal with the tensions between attachment to, and detachment from, permanent organizations.

Introduction. Tensions and paradoxes in temporary organizing: Mapping the field; By Timo Braun, Joseph Lampel
PART I. Temporary Organizing: Events 
Chapter 1. The Belonging Paradox and Identities in Festivals; By Robert DeFillippi, Yesim Tonga Uriarte 
Chapter 2. The Temporal-Enduring Paradox: The Case of Umeå Capital of Culture 2014; By Stewart Clegg, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Medhanie Gaim, Nils Wåhlin 
Chapter 3. By the people, for the people: Emergence and Spread of the ‘Unconference’ as New Temporary Organizational Form; By Joseph Lampel , Aneesh Banerjee, Ajay Bhalla 
PART II. Temporary Organizing: Projects
Chapter 4. Acting in time: Temporal work enacting tensions at the interface between temporary and permanent organizations; By Joana Geraldi, Iben Stjerne, Josef Oehmen 
Chapter 5. Temporary Organizing and Acceleration: On the Plurality of Temporal Structures in Accelerators; By Lorenzo Skade, Sarah Stanske, Matthias Wenzel, Jochen Koch 
Chapter 6. Whose Time is it? Temporary Organizing Under Temporal Institutional Complexity; By Sofia Pemsel, Jonas Söderlund 
PART III. Temporary Organizing: Networks  
Chapter 7. Adaptive Responses to Performance Gaps in Project Networks; By Federica Angeli, Jörg Raab, Leon Oerlemans 
Chapter 8. Temporal Co-Dependence between Temporary and Permanent Organizing: Tackling Grand Challenges in the Case of the Refugee Crisis in Germany; By Anja Danner-Schröder, Gordon Müller-Seitz 
Chapter 9. Tensions in Portfolios of Temporary Organizations: How Project Portfolio Maturity Attenuates the Negative Effects of Portfolio Ambidexterity; By René Abel, Suleika Bort, Indre Maurer, Clarissa E. Weber, Hendrik Wilhelm

Timo Braun is Professor for Organization and Management at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and associated scholar at Freie Universität Berlin. His current research on interorganizational projects and underlying project networks has been honoured with the Global Research Award 2018 of the International Project Management Association.

Joseph Lampel is Eddie Davies Professor of Enterprise and Innovation management at the Manchester Institute for Innovation, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. His current research interests are strategy, innovation, project-based organizations, and creative problem solving under constraints.

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