Ermal Hetemi

Ermal Hetemi




UPM - Madrid


KTH – Stockholm



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Tel: +34 677 026 312
Tel: +46 76 – 070 51 40

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Ermal Hetemi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Administration at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.

He holds a MSc. in Construction Management with honors from Eastern Michigan University (MI. United States). His main research interest focuses in inter-organizational collaboration, governance of large-scale infrastructure projects and the use of information and communication technologies in social systems. He has published in project management and administrative science journals. Since 2019, Ermal has acted as committee member in the European Academy of Management Conference for the track “Multi-level perspective in major and megaprojects.” He has more than ten years of experience in project management, including as a lecturer for a master program in project management, and as a consultant.

Before joining academia, Ermal has worked as head of Technical Support with Henkel, and as an assistant manager with BASF in Wyandotte MI United States. 



Articles on Peer Reviewed Journals

Hetemi,E., Jerbrant, A., and Ordieres, J., (2020)."Exploring the emergence of lock-in in Large-scale Projects: A Process view." International Journal of Project Management, in press.

Hetemi, E., Mere, J.O., Nuur, C. and Engwall, M., (2017). "Exploring mechanisms underlying lock-in in large infrastructure projects: A management perspective." Procedia computer science, 121, pp.681-691.

Proceedings on International Scientific Conferences

Hetemi, E., Mere, J.O., Nuur, C. and Engwall, M., (2017). "Exploring mechanisms underlying lock-in in large infrastructure projects: A management perspective." CENTERIS Conference 2017, Barcelona, Spain, 8-10 November, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5108-5592-2

Hetemi,E., Jerbrant, A., and Ordieres, J., (2018)."Lock-in emergence." European Academy of Management 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland, 19-22 June, 2018

Hetemi,E., Jerbrant, A., and Nuur, C., (2018)."Opening the black box of decision-making process in Large-scale infrastructure projects: A case study of High-Speed Rail in Spain." Internatio​nal Research Network on Organizing by Projects, IRNOP 14, Melbourne Australia, 10-12 December, 2018.

Hetemi, E., Jerbrant, A., Bosch-Rekveldt, M., and Ordieres, J., (2019). "In search of legitimacy: institutional influence on large-scale project arrangement and their organizing."European Academy of Management 2019, Lisbon, Portugal, 26-28 June, 2019

Current research:

Opportunities and challenges of Inter-organizational collaboration and Institutional Theory. Recently, economic action seems to be increasingly taking place in temporary systems of work organization, rather than large permanent organizations (Bakker et al., 2011a, 2016). To this end, leading authorities in project organizing scrutinizing the evolution of Industrial society and its shift towards the so-called “projectification,” point to the new era of “Project Society” (Lundin et al., 2015, p. 3). Inter-organizational projects are an important vehicle for developing infrastructure, achieving economic growth, managing welfare, health and safety concerns (Powell 1996, Scott and Levitt, 2017; Dille et al., 2018). The extensive reliance on inter-organizational projects, particularly in the infrastructure industry (Geyer and Davies, 2000), demands careful theoretical reflection and rich empirical evidence by organization and project scholars. Ermal's current research focuses on how dynamic institutional forces and the diverse inter-organizational actors influence the project processes and activities in space and time. Accordingly, his current research is motivated by the objective of bringing greater clarity to the understanding of large-scale infrastructure project organizing – deconstructing the multifaceted relation among the (inter-) organizational context and the institutional environment.

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