Improving Executive Sponsorship of Projects


Book Title:  Improving Executive Sponsorship of Projects: A Holistic Approach
Author:  Dawne E. Chandler, Payson Hall
Publisher:  Business Expert Press
List Price:   $34.95
Format:  Paperback, 157 Pages
Publication Date:   2017    
ISBN: 978-1-63157-411-5
Reviewer:     Mats Malmström
Review Date: December 2017



This book highlights the importance of the executive project sponsorship and its crucial function in the organization for ensuring project success.

Improving Executive Sponsorship of projects is a comprehensive guide equipping the reader with insights about the benefits and the challenges of project sponsorship together with a practical approach of how to address and successfully build an effective executive sponsorship practice in an organization over time.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into nine chapters.

Chapter 1 – Approach to Improving Executive Project Sponsorship
Chapter 2 – Executive Sponsorship Matters
Chapter 3 – Cultural Influences on Executive Sponsorship
Chapter 4 – Importance of Project management standards
Chapter 5 – Desirable Executive Sponsor Characteristics
Chapter 6 – Sponsor Readiness
Chapter 7 – Roadmap to Organizational Readiness
Chapter 8 – A plan to Enhance Executive Sponsorship
Chapter 9 – Summary

The authors take you through a learning journey built on research and their own experience. Each chapter discuss each topic thoroughly and highlights key areas to be addressed. The reader will find useful questionnaires, discussion points, templates and processes to assess their current situations and to devise action plans. At the end of each chapter the authors provide some considerations from the PMO and project manager perspectives.


A framework for assessing the current and desired characteristic for executive sponsorship built on Global Alliance for Project and Performance Standard (GAPPS) is presented. It focuses on three key traits of executive sponsorship: Taking accountability for the project, supporting the project manager and supporting the project.


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About the Reviewer

Mats Malmström

North Texas, USA


Mats Malmström
is a multidisciplinary project management advocate with more than 25 years leading and sponsoring international high-profile projects and programs within product development and market introduction, business development, organizational development and sales in the information and communication technology sector. Today, Mats Malmström is the head of consulting and learning services for North America and Latin America at LYM Innovation Consulting, coaching and training companies in many verticals to boost their project business performance. Mats holds an executive MBA in international business from Uppsala University in Sweden and is a member of the PMI chapters in Dallas and in Panama. Mats can be contacted at  [email protected]


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