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What is the difference between organization and coordination?

I know what the difference between the two words when it comes to the English dictionary (I know they're far from being the same), but in project management, how does organization differ from coordination?
asked 7 years ago by anonymous edited 7 years ago by MaplePM

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Organization and coordination are completely different from each other, even in project management. Organization can mean one of the following:

- Organization skills (e.g. does the PM have organization skills?)
- Organizational structure (matrix, functional, projectized organizational structures)
- The organization (company) itself

On the other hand, coordination can mean:

- Team members coordinating with each other or with the project manager
- Several entities internal or external to the company are coordinating with each other to ensure that the project becomes a success

There is always coordination within the organization (when it means company), but other than that, the two terms have nothing to do with each other.
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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