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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 4th Edition by Jeanette Cabanis-Brewin, Paul C. Dinsmore

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CHAPTER 34

Dealing with Power and Politics in Project Management

RANDALL L. ENGLUND, EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT

Project management is more than techniques to complete projects on time, within scope, and within budget. Organizations by their very nature are political, so effective project managers need to become politically sensible. Astute “project politicians” assess the environment and develop an effective political plan that addresses the power structure and activities in an organization. They seek out a guiding coalition of supporters and guide them to take positive action toward desired results.

To be ignorant about political processes can be costly to the organization and the individual. Instead of lamenting a failed project, program, or initiative, ...

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