Stuck in Temporal Translation? Challenges of Discrepant Temporal Structures in Interorganizational Project Collaboration

Therese Dille*, Tor Hernes, Anne Live Vaagaasar

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The effects of different temporal structures among actors in interorganizational projects can be hugely consequential, especially for large societal projects. By applying a temporal translation view to a real time study of an interorganizational project, we studied the influence of differences between such structures during the collaboration. We found that the three participating organizations, having distinctly different temporal structures, adopted different modes of translation, which we identified as integrative, adaptive, and transformative. These different modes of translations affected dramatically how the project unfolded, as they impacted differently the time and effort required to adapt to common schedules and deadlines. Our study contributes a processual extension of entrainment theory by shedding light on entrainment as ongoing accomplishment as enabled by a translation view. It also contributes to a processual understanding of the temporality of interorganizational projects.
TidsskriftOrganization Studies
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)867-888
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2023


  • Temporal translation
  • Entrainment
  • Temporary organizations
  • Interorganizational collaboration