Effective middle managers are becoming project managers

Because project management is gaining recognition as a critical business function, middle managers are increasingly integrating the discipline into their realm of responsibilities. This article discusses why effective middle managers are now playing project management-related organizational roles. In doing so, it describes the critical advantage which middle managers often have that most project managers lack; it discusses the key factors that qualify middle managers to function as project managers. It also explains four factors that are changing the contemporary workplace. It then details the roles that middle managers play in coordinating project work and facilitating the tradeoffs--including the contradictions and inconsistencies--involved in managing both inter-departmental activities and improvement initiatives.
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