Project ownership and steering committee challenges in international context

Matti Kutila, Maria Jokela, Serena Fruttaldo, Roberto Montanari, Nereo Pallaro

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    This study focuses on discussing and analysing the results of the project steering group maturity review executed at VTT in 2012. The survey was conducted for 50 projects whose complexity level varied between medium and high. One of the major outcomes of the study is the definition and role of the project owner in multi-national projects co-funded by more than one organisation. These types of projects typically include a large consortium in which project manager needs to be competent to lead both internal and external people. The results of this study promote the development of communications between line organisation and project managers, which is also valid when managing the consortiums including external partners. The results of the review lead us to consider ways to develop and try out new project management practices on the DESERVE-Artemis project. The project has a multi-national feature, including 25 European automotive manufacturers and their suppliers and research organisations working together. One example is the method of mentoring young talents in a project management career with close collaboration between the steering group representative of VTT and the young project manager. In this article, the role of the project owner as a supervisor and mentor of a project manager has been examined. The second development target is the improved communication with customers in order to ensure common goals and business benefits for the project
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Economics, Management and Development
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Economics, Management and Development (EMD 2014)
    EditorsReinhard Neck, Jan Awrejcewicz
    PublisherInstitute for NAtural Sciences & Engineering (INASE)
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61804-217-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event2014 International Conference on Economics, Management and Development, EMD 2014 - Interlaken, Switzerland
    Duration: 22 Feb 201424 Feb 2014

    Publication series

    SeriesBusiness and Economics Series


    Conference2014 International Conference on Economics, Management and Development, EMD 2014
    Abbreviated titleEMD 2014


    • Project manager
    • consortium
    • project owner
    • communication
    • management
    • steering group


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