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Examining corresponding project management and change management roles in practice


  • Katalin Pádár
  • Zoltán Sebestyén
  • Béla Pataki


Project sponsors and change sponsors, as well as project managers and change agents are corresponding roles of project management (PM) and change management (CM) on the domain of projects that are also second-order changes (i.e., change projects). However, the number of sources putting this theoretical notion to test is close to none. We examined the knowledge and understanding of practitioners from different fields regarding CM and PM (role) concepts - based on an international online survey. Our findings point to an observable asymmetry regarding CM-related and PM-related knowledge. Respondents' answers varied a lot more when it came to defining changes compared to having to define projects. PM is the better known scientific field and has a more prevalent methodology. Survey results support previous theoretical findings regarding the correspondence of the roles of the: 1) change sponsor and project sponsor; 2) change agent and project manager.

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  • Katalin Pádár & Zoltán Sebestyén & Béla Pataki, 2019. "Examining corresponding project management and change management roles in practice," International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 22(1), pages 127-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbglo:v:22:y:2019:i:1:p:127-142

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