Unsupportive Organizational Culture Leading to the Demise of the PMO

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A recent research study of over 750 global organizations conducted by management consulting firm, Business Improvement Architects, shows that organizations are generally failing in their project implementation success because the organizational culture does not support project management.

A recent global research study says that organizations may have implemented project management tools, templates and methodologies, but project success remains dismal because their organizational culture is not supportive. A recent survey from PriceWaterhouseCoopers of 10,640 projects valued at $7.2 billion, says that only 2.5% of global businesses achieve 100% project success and over 50% of global business projects fail.

According to the Business Improvement Architects study, "From Crisis To Control: A New Era in Strategic Project Management,” 60% of respondent organizations that had dismantled their Project Management Office (PMO) indicated the reason as “organizational culture not supportive”.

“Before implementing a PMO, employees need to be prepared for the changes that will be necessary for projects to become part of their work and to understand the benefits of change,” says Michael Stanleigh, President of Business Improvement Architects.

Furthermore, the research shows that organizations should consider the impact of such a decision on the organizational culture because the PMO will have a profound effect on: reporting structures, performance management, organizational communication and resources.

The research study provides a number of other recommendations for organizations to improve their project success including the need for strategic alignment of projects with corporate strategy, improvements in performance management and the use of project management best practices.

On the basis of the findings of this study Business Improvement Architects has developed a proprietary “Project Culture Initiative™” process that helps organizations to establish an organizational ‘project’ culture that is right for them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

For more information about this research study, how to purchase, or the "Project Culture Initiative™” contact Business Improvement Architects at http://www.bia.ca

Michael Stanleigh is President of Business Improvement Architects, a management consulting organization. Their research-based consulting solutions align operational project activities with business objectives to bring organizations back into control.

Contact: Michael Stanleigh, President, Business Improvement Architects, Tel: (416) 444-8825, x302 or Toll-Free: 1-866-346-3242, x302.

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