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Knowledge creation in projects: an interactive research approach for deeper business insight
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8993-4306
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5836-577X
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4394-4939
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2023 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 22-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to shed light on different types of knowledge created and how this links to the project design, process, and content. Design/methodology/approach In this paper the authors investigate participants' experiences from a three-year interactive research project, designed to trigger reflection among the participants. They apply a knowledge creation perspective on experiences expressed by participants as a result of different research project activities. Findings The study resulted in five categories of insights with potential for sustainable influence on the participating organizations: an understanding of concepts and theories; an understanding of the impacts of collaborative, reflective work processes; an understanding of the meaning of one's own organizational context; an understanding of the importance of increased organizational self-awareness; and an understanding of the potential for human interaction and communication. Practical implications The author's findings suggest that it is possible to design a project to promote more profound and sustainable effects on a business beyond the explicit purpose of the project. They advise practitioners to make room for iterative reflection; be mindful to create a trustful and open environment in the team; challenge results with opposing views and theories; and make room for sharing experiences and giving feedback. Originality/value This study contributes to unraveling key practices which can nurture conditions for knowledge creation in interactive research projects and business projects alike.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2023. Vol. 16, no 1, p. 22-44
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Practice-based research, Collaborative research, Knowledge creation, Qualitative research, Project management
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-58196DOI: 10.1108/IJMPB-09-2021-0233ISI: 000834362300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85149270071Local ID: HOA;intsam;1687423OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-58196DiVA, id: diva2:1687423
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Knowledge Foundation, KK20170312Available from: 2022-08-15 Created: 2022-08-15 Last updated: 2023-03-21Bibliographically approved

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