A recipe for success? A multiple-case study of cross-organizational projects between multinational companies and non-governmental organizations

University essay from Lunds universitet/Företagsekonomiska institutionen

Abstract: The thesis examines what makes a cross-organizational collaboration between a multinational company and an NGO successful, by revieweing what factors play an important role in a project's life cycle, from a corporate perspective. The thesis is based on project management theories within the subjects of international business and cross-organizational teams. A qualitative research strategy with semi-structured interviews and an abductive approach was conducted. The interviews were conducted with employees in a CSR-related managing position from three multinational companies. Five international, cross-organizational projects with five different NGOs are analyzed. The study presents three main themes whose relevance and degree of consideration differ in the stages of the project life cycle - project incentives, stakeholders and applied working methods and tools. The themes present different factors that can facilitate project success.

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