The Temporality of Project Success: Vindeby, the World’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Jonathan Feddersen*, Henrik Koll, Joana Geraldi

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article advances a temporal understanding of project success through a process study of Vindeby, an exploratory project developing the world’s first offshore wind farm. Pursuing a situated temporal view, our findings reveal how actors constructed Vindeby’s success differently when seeing the project as future, present, and past and how these constructions mutually shaped each other. Adding to prior literature adopting an over-time or in-time perspective, we develop a through-time perspective of project success and a model explaining the interplay of the three perspectives. We discuss how projects may serve as temporal stepping stones toward sustainable futures in the green transition and propose ways for project managers and policymakers to nurture this potential.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)167-186
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Bibliographical note

Published online: 10 December 2023.


  • Green transition
  • Project success
  • scaling
  • Sustainability
  • Temporality
  • Timeliness
  • Timing
  • Wind energy

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