Original Research

Probing strategy-project alignment: The case of the South African Social Security Agency

Gerrit Van Der Waldt
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 12, No 1 | a358 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v12i1.358 | © 2016 Gerrit Van Der Waldt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 2016 | Published: 03 December 2016

About the author(s)

Gerrit Van Der Waldt, Department of Public Governance, North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, South Africa


Public institutions, such as the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) increasingly function in multi-project environments to translate strategies successfully into service-delivery initiatives. However, this ‘projectification’ often causes projects to be designed and executed haphazardly. This can lead to budget and schedule overruns, and the general wastage of an organisation’s resources. Project failures often occur where organisations do not ensure that specific projects are aligned with their core strategies. The purpose of this article is to combine the theories and principles of organisation, management, strategic management, and project management in an effort to pinpoint core determinants that can help establish the extent to which an organisation manages the alignment of its strategic projects. In the present study, the author applied the principles of interdisciplinarity, systems thinking, and organisational integration. The combined core determinants that were uncovered were then used in an empirical investigation of SASSA. The purpose of this investigation is to identify particular challenges the organisation faces in aligning their strategies and projects successfully. Thereafter, a number of recommendations follow to address these challenges.


strategy; strategic management; projects; project management; strategy-project alignment; organisation; management; South African Social Security Agency; programmes


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