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What is the difference between a project owner and a project manager?

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Doesn't the project manager "own" the project? If not, then who owns it? And what is the difference between a project owner and a project manager (again, if the PM does not own the project)? Can the PM be the project owner in some organizations and/or projects?
asked 6 years ago by anonymous edited 6 years ago by FastProjectManager

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The term project owner is often used synonymously with either a) the project sponsor or b) the one point of contact designated on behalf of a group of project sponsors.  In a small organization, the project owner and project manager may be one in the same -- everyone wears multiple hats, so to speak.  The project manager is named by the sponsor/owner to manage and lead the project to completion.
answered 6 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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