The unresolved struggles between project managers and functional managers in matrix organizations

Medina, Alicia , Müller, Ralf , & Bredillet, Christophe (2011) The unresolved struggles between project managers and functional managers in matrix organizations. In Proceedings of the 11th Annual European Academy of Management, Estonian Business School, Tallinn, Estonia.

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Having personal that works in projects but belongs to a functional organization is the way that many companies organized their labor force today. Previous research shows that this implies management contradictions and ambiguities between functional manager and project manager; there are unresolved struggles between these two roles in terms of power, accountability, authority and legitimacy. With this paper we aim to analyze those struggles based on previous research and to generate working hypotheses. We first provide a review of the different matrix organizations focusing on the relation between the functional manager and the project manager. We then review the literature concerning temporary organizations and projects as temporary organizations. We conclude by integrating the findings of these perspectives and by identifying working hypotheses and areas for further research.

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ID Code: 54543
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Temporary Organization, Matrix Organizations, Project Manager
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 01:20
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2012 01:20

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