Dr. Eskerod in Book Publication by Prestigious Publisher

Dr. Pernille Eskerod contributed a chapter on 'Stakeholders' to the book Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management which was published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Sankaran, Müller & Drouin.

She is currently in Boston participating at the book launch.


In order to understand how project-based organizations can integrate multi-project management activities to enhance strategic alignment, proper portfolio and program management and governance, an understanding of how to deal with the stakeholders is of utmost importance.

In the project management literature, stakeholder management mainly deals with stakeholders of the single project. In this chapter, we call this a project-centric approach. A disadvantage of the project-centric approach is that it does not consider the fact that each project within a project-based organization is embedded in a context of programs, portfolio(-s) and operations, and each of these entities have their own stakeholders, even though some of them may be shared. Instead of doing stakeholder management in a vacuum consisting of the project and each stakeholder individually, all projects deal with a network of stakeholders for which the stakeholders’ relationships to the other stakeholders or to other entities within the organization may be stronger than the relationship with the project. This means that a focus on the dual relationship between the project and the single stakeholder, i.e. applying the project-centric approach, is too limited. This chapter proposes that a stakeholder-centric approach will be more value-adding in a project-based organization.


Eskerod, Pernille (2017), Stakeholders, in Sankaran, Müller & Drouin (eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Project Management, Cambridge University Press.

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