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Temporary Organizations

Prevalence, Logic and Effectiveness Edited by Patrick Kenis, Professor of Policy and Organisation Studies, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Visting Professor at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan, Research Fellow, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Bart Cambré, Director of Research and Associate Professor of Business Research Methods, Antwerp Management School, Belgium
This important and timely book provides a systematic treatment of temporary organizations – an increasingly prevalent organizational form in which organizations work together on a joint task – for example, a movie production, a rescue operation, development of a new product – for an ex ante limited period of time.
Extent: 304 pp
Hardback Price: $146.00 Web: $131.40
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 085 2
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This important and timely book provides a systematic treatment of temporary organizations – an increasingly prevalent organizational form in which organizations work together on a joint task – for example, a movie production, a rescue operation, development of a new product – for an ex ante limited period of time.

Demonstrating that temporary organizations are increasingly common, the book provides insights on how they differ from the classical organization and contributes to our understanding of what makes temporary organizations effective. Contributions by reputed organization scholars focus on the impact that this limited duration has on the way that temporary organizations structure their activities, organize work, use resources and achieve outcomes. Moreover, the tenability of various organizational concepts and theories for temporary contexts is examined and some unique phenomena inherent to temporariness are explored.

Researchers interested in organizational design and project management scholars will warmly welcome this book, as will graduate students in organization studies, management studies, public policy studies, leisure studies, public administration and students of project management.
Contributors: R.M. Bakker, B. Cambré, J.P.J. de Jong, J.M.P. de Kok, E.J. de Waard, T. Gössling, M. Janowicz-Panjaitan, P. Kenis, J. Knoben, G.J.M. Lucas, M.T.H. Meeus, L.A.G. Oerlemans, K.G. Provan, J. Raab, J. Soeters, P.C. van Fenema, P.A.M. Vermeulen
Contents:

Foreword
Jörg Sydow

Preface

Introduction: Temporary Organizations – A Challenge and Opportunity for our Thinking About Organizations
Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan, Bart Cambré and Patrick Kenis

PART I: MAKING THE CASE
1. The Prevalence and Characteristics of Interorganizational Temporary Collaborations of Dutch Small and Medium-sized Firms (SMEs)
Leon A.G. Oerlemans, Jan M.P. de Kok and Jeroen P.J. de Jong

2. Research on Temporary Organizations: The State of the Art and Distinct Approaches Toward ‘Temporariness’
Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan, René M. Bakker and Patrick Kenis

3. Applying Organization Theory to Temporary Organizations
Patrick Kenis, Bart Cambré, Gerardus J.M. Lucas, Leon A.G. Oerlemans

PART II: CONCEPTUAL INSIGHTS INTO TEMPORARY ORGANIZATIONS
4. Time Matters: The Impact of ‘Temporariness’ on the Functioning and Performance of Organizations
René M. Bakker and Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan

5. The Atemporality of Temporary Organizations: Implications for Goal Attainment and Legitimacy
Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan, Patrick Kenis and Patrick A.M. Vermeulen

6. Proximity in Temporary Organizations
Joris Knoben and Tobias Gössling

7. Structure in Temporary Organizations
Jörg Raab, Joseph Soeters, Paul C. van Fenema and Erik J. de Waard

8. The Resource Dilemma of Temporary Organizations: A Dynamic Perspective on Temporal Embeddedness and Resource Discretion
René M. Bakker, Bart Cambré and Keith G. Provan

9. Turning a Negative into a Positive: How Innovation Management Moderates the Negative Impact of TO Complexity on the Effectiveness of Innovative Interorganizational Temporary Collaborations
Leon A.G.Oerlemans and Marius T.H. Meeus

10. Conclusion: Toward an Integrated View of Temporary Organizations: Future Research Agenda and Managerial Implications
Patrick Kenis, Martyna Janowicz-Panjaitan and Bart Cambré

Index