Organizational Project Management: Theory and Implementation


This research investigates the integration of all project-related activities within an organizational hierarchy or network. Organization Project Management (OPM) is an integrative capability to foster and perform horizontal and vertical integration and coordination of the project management related activities, using the organizational resources for the purpose of achieving organizational effectiveness.

The project identified an organizational project management model in order to find, select and execute their projects more efficiently.

Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin and Shankar Sankaran, authors of Organizational Project Management : Theory and Implementation, received the 2021 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature AwardThe award recognizes the authors that significantly advances project management knowledge, concepts, and practice.


An integrated, seven-layered model that organizes 22 OPM elements has been developed by the research team.


A survey has been developed to assess the integration of project management activities within an organization. It helps to establish OPM implementation profiles and to fine-tune them for improved organizational results. Results from the assessment will be sent to the respondent of the survey.

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Publications & conferences


Müller R., Drouin N., & Sankaran, S. (2020) Governance of Organizational Project Management and Megaprojects Using the Viable Project Governance Model. In G. S. Metcalf, K. Kijima et H. Deguchi (eds.), Handbook of Systems Sciences. Singapore: Springer.

Müller, R., Drouin, N., & Sankaran, S. (2019). Organizational Project Management: Theory and Implementation. Elgar Introductions to Management and Organization Theory Series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Müller, R., Drouin, N., & Sankaran, S. (2019). Modeling organizational project management. Project Management Journal, 50(4), 499-513.

Müller, R., Sankaran, S., & Drouin, N. (2019). A Model of Organizational Project Management and its Validation. Project and Program Symposium, 2(1), 5-20.

Sankaran, S., Müller, R., & Drouin, N. (eds.). (2017). Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Drouin, N., Müller, R., & Sankaran, S. (eds.). (2013). Novel Approaches to Organizational Project Management Research: Translational and Transformational. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.


Müller, R., Unterhitzenberger, C., Drouin, N. (2022). Governance of Interorganizational Project Networks, PMI, March 23.

Sankaran, S., Drouin, N. & Müller, R. (2021). Applying Systems Thinking to Managing Projects: How we developed the VGM for project management. Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, March 25.

Müller, R. (2020). Governance through Organizational Project Management. 2nd World Project Management Forum, December 14-16.

Sankaran, S. & Müller, R. (2020). OPM and the viable Governance Model. EDEN Doctoral Seminar Next Generation Project Manager, SKEMA Business School, August 19-21.

Drouin, N. (2019). OPM: A strategic integrated view of all project-management related activities. EDEN Doctoral Seminar, Data Transformation in Project Management, SKEMA Business School, August 19-21.

Drouin, N. (2019). OPM: A strategic integrated view of all project-management related activities and logistic aspects. Prolog, Metz, France, June 19-21.



Workshop developed to improve the project management practices of an organization, based on the results from the OPM assessment survey. Two supporting reports were produced.