Inter-Team Coordination Patterns and Outcomes in Multi-Team Projects



We examine what kinds of patterns of mechanisms can be applied in the coordination of several inter-related project teams. We identify three distinct coordination schemes; namely: centralized coordination, decentralized coordination, and balanced coordination. In addition, we compare individuals' perceptions on communication, coordination effectiveness, project efficiency, learning, task analyzability, and task uncertainty between the three identified coordination schemes. The results of our study extend to both theoretical and practical understanding of coordination in multi-team projects and its relation to communication, coordination effectiveness, project performance, and learning.