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Aligning misaligned systemic innovations

probing inter-firm effects development in project networks

Implementing systemic innovations in a project network can significantly improve its performance; however, implementing systemic innovations is difficult if project network structures misalign to the innovation. Little research has examined how project network structures can align to systemic innovations. To address this research gap, the authors studied an advanced building information modeling tool implemented in a Finnish design and development project network. The authors found that misaligned innovations are aligned through a process of task sequence alignment, knowledge base alignment, and work allocation alignment. This paper uses a case study method with embedded cases to investigate inter-firm process alignment resulting from the implementation of a single misaligned boundary spanning technology. It defines an inter-firm process as the sequence of value creating activities that takes place across two or more organizations, for example, designing a building.
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