Knowledge Governance in Project-Based Organizations: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches

Sofia Pemsel, Anna Wiewiora, Ralf Müller, Monique Aubry, Kerry Brown

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This paper conceptualizes knowledge governance (KG) in project-based organizations (PBOs) and its methodological approaches for empirical investigation. Three key contributions towards a multi-faceted view of KG and an understanding of KG in PBOs are advanced. These contributions include a definition of KG in PBOs, a conceptual framework to investigate KG and a methodological framework for empirical inquiry into KG in PBO settings. Our definition highlights the contingent nature of KG processes in relation to their organizational context. The conceptual framework addresses macro- and micro-level elements of KG and their interaction. The methodological framework proposes five different research approaches, structured by differentiation and integration of various ontological and epistemological stances. Together these contributions provide a novel platform for understanding KG in PBOs and developing new insights into the design and execution of research on KG within PBOs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIRNOP- International Research Network on Organizing by Projects 11: Innovative Approaches in Project Management Research - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 17 Jun 201319 Jun 2013
Conference number: 11


ConferenceIRNOP- International Research Network on Organizing by Projects 11
SponsorBI Norwegian Business School
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