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Many organizations are implementing new, less rigid business structures that emphasize collaboration across departments. This article explores how embedding project managers in business units ties strategic goals to execution. In doing so, it explains the benefits of having project managers as core members of the business unit: Project managers can help provide a big-picture view of the organization--one that sheds light on resource allocation, aids portfolio planning, and detects risks. It explains how the portfolio more accurately reflects the organization when project managers are included. Furthermore, when project managers work across functions, they know the workload undertaken by various departments, including IT, legal, and marketing. The article concludes by discussing how project managers need to manage interdependencies across multiple reporting structures and align all parts to the overall strategic objectives of the business. Accompanying the article is a sidebar highlighting risk management. A c
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