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Managing competence and learning in knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organizations

Managing competence and learning in knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organizations PurposeCompetence management should no longer be considered as disconnected activities with few relationships with the organizational goals. It is the viewpoint that competence management as a whole consists of different mechanisms and strategies that involve many functions in the organization and link strategy, product/service development, and innovation. The purpose of this paper is to explore how a public knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organization manages competence in relation to its organizational goals and to identify which mechanisms are involved in this process as well as the underlying factors of those mechanisms.Design/methodology/approachThe research was conducted following a single case study approach using several sources of evidence in a public organization responsible for public transport in the south of Sweden.FindingsA theoretical framework called the competence loop is used as a platform. The results expand the framework by identifying underlying factors constituting the mechanisms and categorizing those factors in organizational and social dimensions. Another contribution is the competence concept including the factors that generate new competence. Furthermore, the study highlights that organizational culture has an impact on efficient competence management.Research limitations/implicationsThis study was conducted in a public organization; similar studies should be conducted in other kinds of knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organizations.Originality/valueThe results provide support to practitioners when trying to understand how competence evolves, how to facilitate learning in organizations that are reliant on human resources, how to manage competence to achieve organizational success, and show the role of the project as a competence arena. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Managing Projects in Business Emerald Publishing

Managing competence and learning in knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organizations

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1753-8378
DOI
10.1108/IJMPB-04-2016-0032
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Abstract

PurposeCompetence management should no longer be considered as disconnected activities with few relationships with the organizational goals. It is the viewpoint that competence management as a whole consists of different mechanisms and strategies that involve many functions in the organization and link strategy, product/service development, and innovation. The purpose of this paper is to explore how a public knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organization manages competence in relation to its organizational goals and to identify which mechanisms are involved in this process as well as the underlying factors of those mechanisms.Design/methodology/approachThe research was conducted following a single case study approach using several sources of evidence in a public organization responsible for public transport in the south of Sweden.FindingsA theoretical framework called the competence loop is used as a platform. The results expand the framework by identifying underlying factors constituting the mechanisms and categorizing those factors in organizational and social dimensions. Another contribution is the competence concept including the factors that generate new competence. Furthermore, the study highlights that organizational culture has an impact on efficient competence management.Research limitations/implicationsThis study was conducted in a public organization; similar studies should be conducted in other kinds of knowledge-intensive, project-intensive organizations.Originality/valueThe results provide support to practitioners when trying to understand how competence evolves, how to facilitate learning in organizations that are reliant on human resources, how to manage competence to achieve organizational success, and show the role of the project as a competence arena.

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International Journal of Managing Projects in BusinessEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 6, 2017

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