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Responsibility vs. authority of a project manager in a matrix organization?

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How does the responsibility of a project manager in a matrix organization compare with the authority that is delegated to that individual?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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In all the "flavors" of matrix organizations, the project manager is responsible for the project, but rarely, if ever, accountable (the project sponsor is typically accountable for the project).

However, when it comes to the authority, the answer really depends on the type of the matrix organizations:

Balanced Matrix: Shared authority with the functional manager.
Project Matrix: The project manager has virtually sole authority over the resources.
Functional Matrix: Almost no authority. All the authority over the resources belong to the functional manager.

You can read more about the types of matrix organizations here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1770/how-to-manage-a-project-in-a-matrix-environment
answered 8 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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