Being Strategic: Strategy-specific Project Management in Times of Crisis

1What should a company do when it finds itself in crisis? Rejecting the idea that  a company’s crisis is bankruptcy resulting from poor financial status, developing from temporary to permanent inability to meet creditor requirements, this study takes an innovative stance in proposing strategic crisis control management decisions in order to stabilize company performance.

What You Will Learn ?

Managing an organization through crisis is a task that requires planning and forethought. Recognizing crisis in advance is part of what makes crisis management possible. Being Strategic: Strategy-specific Project Management in Time of Crisis helps to break down an upcoming crisis into realistic actions, applying these to strategic phases.

Firstly, you will learn about the Project Management Framework and how to integrate corporate strategy with project management. The author examines the roles and responsibilities of each team member, from HR Managers to Top Management.

You will find an outline of all the sub-systems involved in a crisis and how they are integrated in the project planning process. Each member plays an important role in crisis mitigation, and these roles are outlined step-by-step. You will come to know the history of management practices, and how crisis management has evolved.

The author reviews the key Company Crisis Management Processes and exactly how to measure crisis. This knowledge will enable you to evaluate the Crisis Management strategies available, their risks and advantages, and how to implement them. Being prepared for, and able to identify, a crisis is the best defense for preventing total loss. With proper planning and strategic decision-making, it is possible to proactively manage a company through crisis, using the strategies outlined in this book.

Overview of the book
Small overview of each chapter

Chapter One


Chapter 1

provides an overview of corporate strategy-specific framework, including the stages involved in identifying and implementing a strategic management that best suits your organization. Author describes the advantages and risks of each process, and suggest the best practices for selecting team members to manage each project planning phase. Author then introduce the concept of using strategic project management principles in times of crisis.

Chapter Two


Chapter 2

delves more deeply into crisis management processes. Author reviews the history of strategic management, and how it has grown to effectively control crisis situations in business. The phases of strategic crisis management are outlined with pros and cons. Based on the life cycle and stage of crisis the company is in, it is possible to calculate the crisis severity and an appropriate management strategy.

Chapter Three


Chapter 3

explores the many crisis management strategies available, based on the threats facing the organization. Being able to forecast crisis in the pre-crisis stage provides a wider range of options and control for a company. Finally, author provides plausible options for the later stages of crisis, including business activity scale-downs and debt restructuring.


Many people have used the techniques used in this book to improve their business.

The book “Being Strategic; Strategy-specific Project Management in Times of Crisis” by Maximilian Groh is a guide to PMF development both in theory and practice. Accordingly, either those interested in doing research or managers and CEOs can benefit from the knowledge and insights provided by the author.

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Arash Rezazadeh
PhD Student in Business Administration School of Economics and Management University of Minho

I really enjoyed read this book. The flow is good, the content is easy to digest without losing its depth, and it shows the essence of strategic management which applied on project activities. The next part is clearly explain about how to prevent and coping the crisis, using strategic management perspective, which offer more comprehensive solution. At the end, the exposure of strategies to several typical conditions will help us to have better understanding about strategic management. Eventually, I can say that this book is great for both academics and practitioners, since the content of this book is “only meats without bones”.

Rivani, S.IP., MM., DBA
Head of Division of Research and Development Department of Business Administration Sciences University of Padjadjaran Indonesia
About The Author
My years of experience in the business sector have taught me some extremely crucial lessons. Perhaps the most important is that companies need to be flexible. Flexibility in the corporate world is not just an abstract concept, but rather a necessary reality. More informations you can find here.


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