The project mindset : a streamlined corporate culture will make matrix project management fly

Morrison, John ; Brown, Chris ; Smit, Eon (2007-08)


Setting up a project management capability in an organisation is not a trivial exercise. The decision to implement project management means a substantial investment in new software tools, changes to your accounting system and training of staff. To start with, you will probably also need to recruit some expertise, including consultants charging expensive fees. In return you will expect a positive return on this investment. However, if your organisation depends on matrix project management but lacks the corporate culture which drives it, the investment will be poor. Your organisation will simply not be prepared for the en route turbulence of projects. This was the premise for research conducted at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) to establish the link between an organisation’s culture and its ability to integrate matrix project management into its routine work. This research has come up with a structured, twelve-point checklist to gauge your corporate readiness for the journey.

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