Revealed: Powers Of Project Managers In a Functional Organizational Structure



In my previous article, I have talked about some of the ways that organisational culture can affect project management. I also mention it in that article that the leadership structure in any organisation will also determine to a large extent the outlook of their project. In this article, I want to look at the way the project is been managed in a functional organizational structure. Follow me as we look at that together in this article.

Project Managers and Functional Organizational Structure

In a functional organisational structure, there is no Professional Project manager to manage a project. What we have most time is a project expediter who has little or no power over resources of the project.

When there is any project in this type of organisation, the departmental manager will have to choose one of the employees in his department to oversee such h project. Whoever is chosen will report directly to the Departmental Manager and take directive from him

The departmental manager can also go beyond his department to get resources from other departments in the organisation. In this kind of organisational structure, when there is a conflict between the Project manager and the departmental manager. the departmental manager will surely supersede.



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