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Organizational Project Management

Theory and Implementation

Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin and Shankar Sankaran

This concise text introduces an integrated view of all project management-related activities in an organization, called Organizational Project Management (OPM). Practical cases from several organizations, as well as popular theories such as the Resource-Based Theory and Institutional Theory provide for an insightful yet realistic understanding of OPM as an integrative tool for organizations to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
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Chapter 11: A theory of the OPM model

Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin and Shankar Sankaran


This chapter outlines a theory of OPM. It takes a governmentality perspective to explain the internal functioning of the OPM model. Governmentality is known as the ‘glue’ that links governance layers, such as those in the OPM model. The chapter starts by introducing the concept of governmentality as it relates to the model, then describes the within-layer relationships between the OPM elements. It continues by introducing the building blocks of visibility, techne, episteme, identification and precept from governmentality theory. Subsequently, it applies these building blocks to develop a theory on the process for communication and synchronization among and between the elements and the layers of the OPM model.

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