Factors that influence and are influenced by change projects

Anat Hassner Nahmias, Lynn Crawford, Marge Combe

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Organizational changes are often achieved through disciplined project management. Change management and project management are two disciplines that draw upon different theoretical frameworksbut rely on each other to achieve an organizational goal. While organizational change deals withstakeholders, relationships, and strategy, project management is focused on achieving tasks through alinear, logical process. As a result of these opposing focuses and the requirement to lead projects together,the relationship between the two can create tension. Achieving an organizational change has additionalchallenges beyond this potential tension between the two disciplines. The organization in which theproject changes are being applied has certain characteristics that may make it easier or more challengingfor changes to be accepted. The organizational characteristics that have emerged in this study aredescribed as 'organizational factors' which either support the introduction of the change or stand in itsway. Organizational factors both influence and are influenced by project changes and may do so in apositive or a negative way. This paper reports on the results of three in-depth case studies that highlightthe influence of organizational factors on the management and success of organizational change projects.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventPMI Research and Education Conference 2010: Defining the future of project management - Washington, United States
Duration: 11 Jul 201014 Jul 2010


ConferencePMI Research and Education Conference 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Internet address


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