Innovation in complex products and systems: implications for project-based organizing

Andrew Davies, Tim Brady, Andrea Prencipe, Michael Hobday

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In this chapter we put projects at the centre stage of firms' activities – i.e. product and process innovation, strategy formulation and implementation, capability building and learning, organizational structure and design, and systems integration (the capability to combine diverse knowledge bases and physical components into functioning systems). Based on the findings of a 10-year research programme into firms producing high-value capital goods – known as complex products and systems (CoPS) – we draw out conceptual insights about project organizing that can inform and contribute to the development and reformulation of more universally applicable formal theories of strategic management and organization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProject-based organizing and strategic management
EditorsGino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen, Florian Täube
Place of PublicationBingley
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781780521923
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Strategic Management


  • Strategic project management
  • CoPS - Complex Products and systems
  • Systems integration
  • Innovation


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