Some companies have gone so far as to become more like project co-ordinators than producers of goods or services. The "business-as-usual" bits of their operations have been outsourced, leaving them free to design and orchestrate new ideas. Nike, for instance, does not make shoes any more; it manages footwear projects. Coca-Cola, which hands most of the bottling and marketing of its drinks to others, is little more than a collection of projects, run by people it calls "orchestrators". Germany's BMW treats each new car "platform", which is the basis of new vehicle ranges, as a separate project. Meanwhile Capital One, a fast-growing American financial-services group, has a special team to handle its M&A "projects". For all these firms, project management has become an important competitive tool. Some of them call it a core competence. (Economist.com, 06/09/05.)
Sunday, June 19, 2005
I recently finished my studies in project management (international project coordinator). I am interested in international job opportunities in the field of project and supply chain management. Here is an excerpt from the article, Overdue and over budget, over and over again.