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Projects, capabilities, and innovation: Rome’s Jubilee as vanguard project for the Italian Civil Protection Department

Cacciatori, E. ORCID: 0000-0001-6229-7266 & Prencipe, A. (2023). Projects, capabilities, and innovation: Rome’s Jubilee as vanguard project for the Italian Civil Protection Department. In: Davies, A., Lenfle, S., Loch, C. H. & Midler, C. (Eds.), Handbook of Innovation and Project Management. (pp. 393-407). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781789901801.00030

Abstract

This chapter examines the development of project capabilities and their role in innovation based on a study on how the Italian Civil Protection Department developed its capabilities for handling major public events. Section 1 provides an introduction to project capabilities and their role in innovation. Section 2 discusses the case of the Italian Civil Protection Department to examine the process whereby it developed its capabilities for handling so-called 'major public events'. The section highlights the role of vanguard projects as formative events for participants. These formative events produce a core of social networks that will allow economies of repetition to take place in following projects. They also provide the context for the contribution of artefacts from different core participant organizations. Here economies of recombination take place, and are complemented by adaptation and by ad-hoc activities. Thus, the section highlights the role of social networks and artefacts as the micro-conditions to create and redeploy of project capabilities. Section 3 concludes by highlighting directions for further research.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Handbook on Innovation and Project Management edited by Davies, A., Lenfle, S., Loch, C. H. & Midler, C., published in 2023, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789901801.00030 The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG Italy
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
[thumbnail of Chp21_Cacciatori Prencipe Routine projects and capabilities Chapter final 24Jan23 reporistory 2.pdf] Text - Accepted Version
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