Amos P Haniff & Laura Galloway, Edinburgh Business School,
Modelling Strategic Alignment in Project Networks
This paper explores the challenges and factors that influence the strategy of a project network.
In contrast to intra-organisational projects, a project network operates in an environment of overlapping boundaries whereby multiple organisations simultaneously seek to ensure their strategic objectives are realised through a single project.
A model is developed from the empirical findings of a study of four construction projects. Internal and external tensions are identified. The study finds that effective project governance, leadership and taking account of client complexity are important in the strategic alignment of inter-organisational projects, and this informs the development of the new model.