Project Expediter Organization

The expediter in a functional organization has very little authority to do anything. Most of the power of the position is derived from the manager that the expediter reports to, which is usually very low in the hierarchy. This kind of project organization fits highly functional organizations and small projects. The project workers remain in their functional organizations. The expediter must be a very persuasive person to be effective, motivating workers with no real authority. This requires a lot of personal power for the project manager. The expediter role is characterized as:

Holding a staff assistant role; Making few decisions;

Being responsible for the arrival of material and completion of tasks; Being primarily responsible for communications about the project; Needing special people skills and unique technical abilities; Forwarding decisions by superiors to people on the project.

An expediter organization is illustrated in Figure 13-10.

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