Organizational Project Management

Organizational project management addresses the factors involved in successfully delivering projects within an organization. Project management addresses the factors involved in initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing individual projects. But, projects occur within the context of an organization. Therefore, from a Systems Thinking perspective, managing the project without managing other aspects of the organization will limit the effectiveness of project management. Organizational Project Management addresses understanding and managing the other aspects within the organization that define the context of the project. In addition to project management this includes program management, project portfolio management, and other organizational factors that impact the ability of the organization to deliver projects.


According to [ PMI] (2003)

Organizational project management is the systematic management of projects, programs, and portfolios in alignment with the achievement of strategic goals. The concept of organizational project management is based on the idea that there is a correlation between an organization's capabilities in Project Management, Program Management, and Portfolio Management, and the organizations effectiveness in implementing strategy.

Importance of Organizational Project Management

As businesses change at a faster rate, it is becoming increasingly important to execute on projects. Additionally, due to the broad nature of much of the change, projects are effecting larger parts of the organization. Therefore, just as the need to perform projects is increasing, the complexity in executing them is also increasing. Organizational Project Management draws from the broad base of project management and organizational design applications to understand the organizational processes that effect the ability to manage the delivery of projects.

PMI has established OPM3®, (Organizational Project Management Maturity Model)to help organizations assess and improve the maturity of their Organizational Project Management processes.

ee also

Event Planning and Production

Organizational Project Management Maturity Model

Program Management

Project Management Institute

Project Management

Portfolio Management

Systems Thinking


PMI (2003). Organizational Project Management Maturity Model: Knowledge Foundation. Project Management Insititue: Newton, PA USA

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