Comparing apples with apples: Aligning project management capability with corporate strategy

Lynn Crawford

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It makes little sense for an organization to invest in project management systems that are not directly suited to the nature of their business yet they need some form of guidance to tell them what good looks like. Generic project management maturity models can be a useful starting point but they take no account of differences in context and using them is like comparing apples with oranges. This paper presents results of research that investigates differences in strategic drivers and associated project management practices and outcomes between industries. Results of this research provide input to development of more compelling and contextually relevant footprints for development of project management capability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th IPMA World congress
Subtitle of host publicationProject management - Delivering the promise
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
PublisherLeishman Associates
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Project Management Association World Congress: Project management: Delivering the promise - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 9 Oct 201112 Oct 2011
Conference number: 25th


ConferenceInternational Project Management Association World Congress
Abbreviated titleIPMA Congress
OtherWith the IPMA representing the national project management associations of some 50 countries this congress will attract some of the best minds and experienced practitioners in the industry from around the world. The congress provides a unique opportunity for international companies to showcase their services to a global audience of over 1,000 delegates.

The congress theme Delivering the Promise looks at the heart of what project and program management is fundamentally all about. Project management professionals from a wide range of industries will be presented with challenging ideas and a unique opportunity to learn and network with fellow colleagues and specialists from around the world.
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