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Project Portfolio Management

Forming the future way of integrating operational and strategic skills with performance

This research project is a five year collaboration between Halmstad University and Region Halland that started in january 2011. It aims to give a better understanding of how management of a portfolio of projects is established and what effects it will have on overall performance. The project uses DSM methodology as a way of dealing with the complexity of the vast amount of dependencies that need to be taken into account.


Temporary based organizing, i.e. organizing in projects, has become the main way to organize innovation and product development in the industry. In practice, dual-organizing principles co-exists, temporary project based and long-term oriented(functional) organizing. In complex organizations we can find many simultaneously organized and run projects, organized in programs forming a corporate project and program portfolio. Formation of projects in programs and portfolios is normally based on interdependencies among projects. Those interdependencies can be of different kinds such as technological, common resources, product, service, individuals, social, knowledge etc.

Nowadays, the project, program and portfolio approaches have also been introduced into other sectors such as health care. In the health care sector, as well as in the industry, the basis for forming programs and portfolios are based on in-depth understanding of the logics of each individual project. What is obvious in industry is not as obvious in the health care sector. In order to develop a capacity to organize projects into programs and portfolios an organization has to understand the organizing logics and principles in each project, the dependencies between projects, and the goals and strategy for projects, programs and the portfolios.

Updated 2012-08-06