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Exploring PMOs through community of practice theory
Université du Québec à Montréal Business School, Department of Management and Technology, Montreal (Quebec), Canada.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Institute of Geography, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.
2011 (English)In: Project Management Journal, ISSN 8756-9728, E-ISSN 1938-9507, Vol. 52, no 5, 42-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores project management offices (PMOs) through community of practice theory. Preliminary results from a national health care case study are used to confirm the legitimacy of this approach. Today’s knowledgebased economy calls for mechanisms to share knowledge. The issue of making more with less is at stake in order to reuse good practices, support innovative practice, and prevent the reinvention of the wheel. Members of these communities are at the heart of the learning process. The originality of this research is that it sheds light on PMOs in a new theoretical perspective within the field of knowledge management.


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Project Management Institute , 2011. Vol. 52, no 5, 42-56 p.
Keyword [en]
community of practice theory, PMO; community of PMOs, learning, project management practice
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45865DOI: 10.1002/pmj.20259OAI: diva2:435621
Available from: 2011-08-19 Created: 2011-08-19 Last updated: 2011-09-29Bibliographically approved

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