The degree of projectification in organizations, and its impact on strategic flexibility: A quantitative study of the Norwegian economy
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In this study, we will explore the plausible relationship between the degree of projectification, and the strategic flexibility in the Norwegian economy. Working in a project-based form is increasing in most industries throughout the western world, and at the same time, strategic flexibility is becoming more and more important. We live in a world of rapid changes, where organizations have to be able to act fast in order to stay "alive". We know that projectification is an increasingly important phenomenon, and that the strategic flexibility of an organization might be the focus of the future - but what remains unanswered is if there is a connection between the two. This is a descriptive study of the Norwegian economy, where we have obtained primary data from 1412 participating organizations, representing different industries and sizes. We have determined a measure of the degree of projectification in the Norwegian economy, as well as establish to which extent organizations consider themselves to have strategic flexibility. We have also been able to estimate the future growth rate of projectification for the next five years in the Norwegian economy. Through this research, we have further established that there is a significant relationship between our two variables, but that it is quite weak. Furthermore, we have found that there is a significant moderating effect to our relationship, by the industry type the organizations belongs to. We have however found that the size of the organization does not have a significant impact on the mentioned relationship, in the Norwegian economy.
Master thesis Business Administration - University of Agder 2016