CHAPTER FIVE

Organizing for Project Management

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

MACHIAVELLI, THE PRINCE (1516)

An important function of upper management is supporting project teams by designing the organization to support project management. This can be done by either redesigning the organization to emphasize projects or integrating projects into the current organization. Either way, the upper management team defines the project manager’s job, degree of authority and autonomy, and relationship to both the home department of the project and other departments in the organization. Upper management also plays ...

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