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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Business leaders persistently face the challenges of project failures. Lack of proper project alignment with business strategies is a major contributor to less successful project outcomes. One major concern of project managers in South Sudan is that misalignment of the project management processes with business strategies could result in project delays and cost overruns. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore strategies 8 project managers from 2 telecommunication companies use to align project management processes with business strategies to improve project performance in Juba, South Sudan. Using hoshin kanri as the conceptual framework for this study, semistructured face-to-face interviews were conducted with purposely selected participants. Four themes that emerged from the thematic analysis of the interview data and archival documents are effective communication among project stakeholders, stakeholder engagement in project management processes, competence of project manager in leadership decisions, and executive commitment and support to project team. The findings of the study may lead to proper project alignment and successful project outcome. Business leaders should involve project managers during the development of business strategies. The results from this study may contribute to positive social change by enabling project managers and business leaders to execute sustainable projects that can offer employment opportunities for the local citizens and help the recovery of the South Sudan economy.