How does Project Management fit into the Structure of Global Organisations, former government owned companies?


By Anca Onuta 

Bucharest, Romania


During the transition from public to private, the organisations not only changed their financial administration, but also the overall business approach. This paper aims to emphasise the topic of how Project Management fits into the structure of Global Organisations, former Government owned companies. It is based on literature reviews, analysis of several study cases and semi-structural interviews.  The interviewed project managers have been selected based on their extensive experience with international projects former Government Owned Organisations. They all have project management academic background and are international certified project managers. Coming from different industries and countries, the selected candidates have been working with multicultural teams across the group, in their home country and abroad.

The conclusions of the present paper provides a clear overview of the position of the project management in former times, highlighting the personal strengths used by the project managers to undertake the changes needed to remain relevant for the global corporation and to continually bring value.

Keywords: former government owned companies; adaptation; innovation; integration, project management

  1. 1.    Introduction

“A project is a temporary organisation of a project-oriented company for the performance of a relatively unique short – to medium-term strategically important business process of medium or large scope. Projects are used for the performance of relatively unique processes. The more unique are the objectives and deliverables to be fulfilled, the higher is the associated risk. Information from past experiences that can be used as reference often is available only to a limited extends.

Even from old times projects are used for the performance of business processes with short to medium duration. These projects should be performed as quickly as possible – in other words, in several months. Before the privatisation of the public company, the projects were also used for business processes of medium to large scope. The scope of a business process can be described by the tasks and resources required, the costs occurring, and the organisations involved. The operationalize of definition of project, the characteristics of business processes are used, that is, the strategic importance, duration, organisations involved, resources required, and cost occurring. The scaling of these characteristics is to be defined by each organisation. “(State of the art of global project management, 2-3, Global Project Management Handbook).

For performance of the individual project management sub processes, the corresponding project management methods are used. The importance of the methods does not get lost. Definition of the sub processes of the project management adds an integration level for ensuring the professional application of project management methods. Producing an optimal project schedule cannot be an objective in itself, but it must be an overall integrative objective to start the project in an optimal way.

Management of project objectives, management of the project schedule, management of the project cost planning, and so on cannot be accepted as project management processes because only an integrated consideration of all methods of project management can lead to optimal results. The management of project plans as “processes” cannot ensure a holistic management.” (State of the art of global project management, 2-8, Global Project Management Handbook).

In particular, this paper has as central research question “How does Project Management fit into the Structure of Global Organisations, former government owned companies?” and it aims to show the academic opinion, and the inside of practical experience.


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About the Author

romaniaanca onuta Anca Onuta 

Project manager

Bucharest, Romania 

Anca Onuta holds a Computer Science Bachelor degree from the Al. I  Cuza University from Iasi, Romania and recently graduated from the IT Project Management Master Program at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.  She is supporting the applied theory, therefore has started her career while still a student. Trying to adapt in Global world, after graduation she worked for more than a year in Mumbai, in the world’s biggest IT outsourcing company – Tata Consultancy Services India. Back home she joined Oracle as part of a virtual team spread around the world.  Presently she is working as a Project Manager at OMV Petrom, leading several national projects with multicultural teams.   Anca is passionate about a world without borders; in the spare time she likes getting to know other cultures, by backpacking and living with locals. She speaks fluent English, Spanish.   [email protected].