Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Project Management, Strategy, Academia, Higher Education, Strategy Alignment
Atkins, Kelly, "Project Management and Strategy Alignment in Academia" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2299.
This study analyzed the understanding of project and strategy alignment in higher education institutions. Literature revealed many projects fail because projects are not aligned to strategy. There is an abundance of project management literature in many industries; however, literature on project management in academia is deficient. This qualitative case study sought to close the gap of understanding project management and strategy alignment in academia. The researcher conducted a review of literature and interviews in order to gain insight in the understanding of project and strategy alignment in two higher education institutions. Three themes were developed based on these interviews: alignment, leadership and culture, and communication. The study revealed employees perceived more successful projects when they understood how projects are aligned with strategy. Recommendations for action and further study were suggested, along with the biblical foundations supporting project management and strategy alignment.