Project Management Case Study: Sabre Corporation

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Sabre Corporation is a technology intensive organization. Sabre Corporation is a travel technology company based in Southlake, Texas. It is the largest Global Distribution Systems provider for air bookings in North America. I worked for Sabre from 2015- 2017 and had exposure to its organizational structure. They have two types of organizational structures. 1. Pure product organization. 2. Line staff organization Pure product organization According to Kerzner (2009) an organization is termed as pure product organization when there are divisions within division. This type of organization gives more power to program managers and gives them authority to handle projects and manage resources. Following are the characteristics of pure product organization…show more content…
Individuals perform only tasks in which they are most proficient. Answer B Impact of organizational structure on project management effectiveness Project Management is about managing available resources within constraints of cost, time and performance. Organization structure has a big impact on project management effectiveness, as it influences the organizational culture, communication, and chain of command. According to PMBOK guide by Project Management Institute (2004), project management may be defined as a process of achieving project goals by effectively managing individual skills, communication and coordination with the help of organizational structure. Projects management in pure product organization In pure product organization the product manager has complete authority to manage all project resources including allocation and merit reviews. This provides better communication and coordination while executing projects. In this type of organizational structure individuals perform only tasks in which they are experts and it is easier to manage the work allocation upfront. Because of the reporting structure an effective communication channel is established and it results in a very rapid reaction…show more content…
This type of structure groups people with specific functional skills or roles, therefore it helps employees to be specialists and results in better productivities. While executing projects in this type of organization, project manager is dependent upon line managers for resource availability. Project manager has to negotiate with different functional team for project resources and it makes the tradeoffs difficult. Tradeoffs and Line staff organization. Project execution is responsibility of project manager and he/she has to do tradeoffs continuously, however Line staff organization is not flexible in determining schedule, cost, and performance tradeoffs due to following facts. Limited or no authority of project manager in resource allocation. Resources reporting to different line managers. Need of co-ordination among different
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