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Are PMOs really that momentous for public authorities?
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4194-6957
2017 (English)In: International journal of information systems and project management, ISSN 2182-7796, E-ISSN 2182-7788, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 45-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Project management offices (PMOs) are frequently referred to as necessary, or even indispensable, for carrying out projects in multi-project settings, which often occur in public authorities’ Information Technology (IT) projects; particularly in times of today’s sweeping digitalization. Hence, this research studied Swedish public authorities and their IT departments’ use of PMOs; a survey was directed to IT project managers. Findings showed that even though PMOs are commonly described as significant, those that applied PMOs were fewer than those that did not. This research searched for correlations between the existence of PMOs and 88 variables that resulted in relatively few, mostly weak correlations. A hypothesis test did not show significant association between PMOs’ usage and project models’ usage. The research contributions are principally that PMOs do not appear to be that significant after all for Swedish public authorities, and to have reasonable expectations on PMOs. For practice, the implications foremost concern the importance of understanding conceivable pros and cons.

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2017. Vol. 5, no 3, p. 45-64
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Project management office, PMO, Public authorities, IT projects, IT project manager
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69548DOI: 10.12821/ijispm050303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69548DiVA: diva2:1170458
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved

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