Successful programs wanted: exploring the impact of alignment.

Ritson, Graeme, Johansen, Eric and Osborne, Allan (2012) Successful programs wanted: exploring the impact of alignment. Project Management Journal, 43 (1). pp. 21-36. ISSN 8756-9728

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Abstract

Alignment between formulation and implementation of business strategy can be important for achieving successful programmes. The authors have explored developing a programme management alignment theory. Statistical testing suggests that interaction between the study model variables was found to be multidimensional, complex and subtle in influence. They conclude that programmes have both deliberate and emergent strategies requiring design and management to be organised as complex adaptive systems. Programme lifecycle phases of design and transition were often illustrated by an unclear and confusing strategic picture at the outset which makes it difficult to control. Learning was established as an underlying challenge. The study model demonstrated continuous alignment as an essential attribute contributing towards successful delivery. This requires programme design and structure to adopt an adaptive posture.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate strategy, program management, governance, continuous alignment, deliberate, emerging strategies
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Eric Johansen
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 16:09
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 04:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5762

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