Managing integration capabilities in collaborative interorganizational projects

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Date and time of the thesis defence

Place of the thesis defence

Wetteri auditorium IT115, Linnanmaa, Oulu

Topic of the dissertation

Managing integration capabilities in collaborative interorganizational projects

Doctoral candidate

MSc (Tech) Laura Saukko

Faculty and unit

University of Oulu Graduate School, Faculty of Technology, Industrial Engineering and Management

Subject of study

Industrial Engineering and Management


Assistant Professor Antti Peltokorpi, Aalto University


Associate Professor (Tenure Track) Kirsi Aaltonen, University of Oulu

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Integration capabilities can be systematically managed in complex inter-organizational projects

Inter-organizational projects are known to be very difficult to manage. Achieving the project objectives using traditional project delivery approaches has proved to be challenging. Improved project outcomes have been acquired using collaborative approaches to project delivery, both in Finland and internationally. However, relational project delivery models require a different set of capabilities and new kind of
management approach from both the client’s organization and inter-organizational project
network. This dissertation proposes that integration capabilities can be systematically managed in a complex, inter-organizational project.

This dissertation relies on the qualitative research methodology for its empirical analysis. Dissertation suggests that the client’s organization has a central role in planning and organizing project integration and capability through the specific client capabilities that ensure integration.

This study identifies integration mechanisms and integration capabilities against which a project can assess its related maturity levels. This enables leading and controlling of project integration capability. In addition, the dissertation identifies preconditions for inter-organizational collaboration that are required, to achieve the project objectives.

The study provides both theoretical and practical implications to managing interorganizational
Last updated: 23.1.2024