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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 15: Designing OPM systems

Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin and Shankar Sankaran


In this chapter we discuss the design of OPM structures for organizations from a systems theory perspective. We start by providing an overview of systems thinking, and then focus on Stafford Beer’s Viable Systems Model (VSM) and how it relates to the layers of the OPM model. This is followed by some guidance and examples of the specific questions to ask when designing the characteristics of each of the OPM layers individually, and the OPM system as a whole. The chapter will help anyone trying to design a governance structure for OPM in an organization.

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