A holistic view on learning in project-based organizations

Although researchers have highlighted the importance of managing and supporting learning in project-based settings, it still seems to be problematic. New project management capabilities are needed, such as systems thinking, which will allow project-based organizations to better cope with learning in organizations. This article explores how Swedish project-based organizations within an engineering and construction context manage and support learning activities and discusses how an "organizational-wide project learning process" could improve the prerequisites for learning in project-based organizations. Our findings show that three project-based organizations lack a holistic perspective on project learning. A conceptual model is proposed, with the aim of validating and promoting process thinking by introducing, for example, new roles responsible for intra- and inter-project learning, respectively.
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