Project management office a knowledge broker in project-based organisations

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Current research into project management offices (PMOs) has stressed the PMOs' potential to act as knowledge brokers between projects, and
between project and top management. Nonetheless, the literature does not provide sufficient evidence of the brokering role of PMOs. The research
reported here aims to examine PMO's functions from a knowledge sharing perspective and explore whether or not these functions reflect the
knowledge sharing needs of project managers (PMs). These issues are investigated through a cross-case analysis of seven organisations. The main
contribution is insight into how PMs share knowledge and awareness of the need to structure PMOs to align with PMs' nature, needs and
expectations in order to improve knowledge sharing in PBOs. Finally, some practical steps for helping PMOs to better adapt their functions to the needs of PMs and their learning and knowledge sharing style are proposed.


  • Sofia Pemsel
  • Anna Wiewiora
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Construction Management


  • Knowledge management, Knowledge sharing, Project management office, Project manager, Project-based organisation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-42
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch