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exploring the impact of alignment

Alignment between formulation and implementation of business strategy can be important for achieving successful programs. The authors have explored the development of a program management alignment theory. The study was operationalized through the core concepts of systems, governance, innovation, corporate strategy, environmental factors, continuous alignment, and successful delivery. Statistical testing showed that interaction between the study model variables was found to be multidimensional, complex, and subtle in influence. Thus, the authors concluded that programs have both deliberate and emergent strategies requiring design and management to be organized as complex adaptive systems. Program life cycle phases of design and transition were often formed from an unclear and confusing strategic picture at the outset, which can make those phases difficult to control. Learning was established as an underlying challenge.
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