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Achieving inter-project learning in multi-contractor programmes

Achterkamp, T. (2024) Achieving inter-project learning in multi-contractor programmes.

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Abstract:Achieving learning within programmes is key for programme management success. Dutch infrastructure clients adopting a programme-based approach have to consider traditional project-based structures of the industry that limit learning. Transferring project knowledge between organizations results in extra complexity. Therefore, this study aims to provide insight into the mechanisms behind achieving inter-project learning in a programme with multiple contractors. Two cases were selected at Dutch infrastructure clients that manage a programme in which they collaborate with multiple market parties. Data was gathered from participants through surveys and interviews. Theory on inter-organizational transfer of knowledge and management of programmes was combined in a framework on the barriers and drivers for learning in programmes. The case study provides insights into the conditions for achieving inter-project learning. Inter-project learning can be achieved by converting opportunities to transfer relevant experience and knowledge to allow teams of subsequent projects to apply this knowledge. Four conditional factors were identified critical to achieving inter-project learning. Relationship, interaction, organizational and programme factors stimulate the presence of the conditional factors. In order to achieve inter-project learning in their programmes, infrastructure clients should aim to realize the four conditional factors among the project employees of all participating organizations within their programme. Achieving inter-project learning allows to optimize the use of knowledge and resources across projects.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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