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Question 1: Project organizations are comprised of project structures, matrix structure, and heavyweight project organizations. Define each, and provide examples of each type of structure. Which type of structure do you think is optimal and why?
With matrix organizations, there is a very important difference. In this organizational structure, the “personnel are shared by both their departments and the project to which they are assigned. They remain under the authority of both the project manager and their functional department supervisor” (Pinto, 2010, p. 68). The manager of each project has to talk to the functional heads to decide how many people he or she will need to perform the required tasks. There will be several questions relating to work allocation, deadline, methods of conducting that need discussion between the functional heads and the project manager. For example, in Vietnam, many construction companies are working based on this type of structure. Basically, a company has to deal with many projects at a time. Each project has a manager who works with all other functional heads including Vice President of Finance, VP of Material, and VP of Production. After that, a number of workers will be directly delivered to the project. According to the real situation, both the project manager and the functional heads have the authority in making decisions about resources.

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