Temporary multi-organizations: Constructing identities to realize performance improvements

Natalya Sergeeva, Kurt Roehrich

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This article applies organizational identity theory to explore how temporary multi-organizations (TMOs) construct their identities as learning organizations. The study draws on 33 in-depth interviews from TMOs in the UK construction, engineering, and infrastructure industries. Interviews were further triangulated with data from a series of industry events and workshops. The investigation explores key characteristics of learning in TMOs and their impact on performance. The research demonstrates the shift towards informal ways of learning and importance of narratives about the purpose of TMOs. Boundary spanners actively engage in sharing learning through stories about lessons learned from past experiences in managing TMOs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-192
Number of pages9
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management
Early online date31 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Boundary spanners
  • Identity
  • Learning organization
  • Narratives
  • Stories
  • Temporary multi-organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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