Barriers to the rational design of project organizations
Project managers often lack the information they need to design organizational structures that enable them to reorganize project changes and to understand the influences that affect decision-making. This article discusses this lack by examining a research effort studying practices for designing organizational structures. It details the studys three-step method--model building, data collection, and data analysis--for evaluating the design of organizational structures. It then uses this method to examine eight projects and describe the organizational structures the project managers used, describing the factors influencing the project managers decision-making process when creating these structures.