Program integration in multi-project change programs: agency in integration practice

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    Abstract

    Multi-project change programs pursue challenging goals and may suffer from uncertainty and conflicting interests. To achieve their goals, such programs need integration both with the parent organization and between projects. There is a need for knowledge on how program actors implement integration. This study pursues new knowledge on program actors’ agency in program integration in the context of multi-project change programs. Two case programs in different contexts were explored, to map their integration mechanisms and program actors’ integration activities during the program lifecycle. The results reveal five integration tasks, the program-specific use of integration mechanisms, differences in the integration approach between the two programs, and the parent organization's input at the program front end in defining the program's requisite autonomy. The organization's maturity in project-based organizing, the program and project managers’ competence, and the autonomy enabled at the program front end are shown to define the programs’ integration practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)583-599
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
    Volume36
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • Change program
    • Integration
    • Program management

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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