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Festival of Education and Research 2023

~ Winner of Research Paper of the Year ~

Amos P Haniff & Laura Galloway, Edinburgh Business School,
Heriot-Watt University

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.

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Category aims

This award celebrates nominees who have advanced the theory, knowledge and practice of project management through a published academic paper.

To be eligible to enter this category the research paper must have been published (i.e. not online first or early cite) in a peer-reviewed journal in 2022. A research paper can only be entered into this category once. Entrants can be members or non-members of APM, from both in and outside of the UK.