Effective Sponsorship: An Evaluation of the Role of the Executive Sponsor in Complex Infrastructure Projects by Senior Project Managers

Project Management Institute
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Project Management Journal, 2005, 36 (3), pp. 51 - 61
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Project management literature frequently refers to the role of the project executive sponsor, but does not address in any great depth the factors contributing to effective project sponsorship, a role increasingly associated with project success. Most research about key project roles addresses either structural or behavioral factors with a definite emphasis on the former. This research attempts to bridge an emerging structural-behavioral schism using an approach based on Grounded Theory, involving in-depth interviews with senior project managers and project directors, all of whom were involved with the management of internal infrastructure projects.
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