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Aligning Project Management Office and
Strategy: A Brazilian Case Study
Leandro Alves Patah, Marly Monteiro de Carvalho and Fernando José Barbin Laurindo
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In the turbulence of the new economy, characterized by discontinuous, abrupt and sometimes unmanageable changes, companies should be able to make fast and responsive actions and innovative strategies in order to survive (Hamel, 1996). The great majority of companies already has this information and prepare themselves to compete in this new era through the elaboration of daring strategies, although feasible. According to Porter (1996), the strategy essence remains in choosing activities to be made in a different manner or in the execution of different activities in relation to the competitors. What happens, many times, is that the strategies are not put in operation because they do not arrive until the lower organization’s hierarchical levels or because they don not have an ideal medium to implement it. So the strategic planning in a business environment could be defined as the process of creating and implementing decisions about the organization future (Kerzner, 2001).

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