Business transformation is a radical and risky change approach that enables organizations to add substantial value and survive in face of increasing environmental pressures. To succeed, business transformations should be managed as projects. In academic and practice literature, frameworks were suggested to guide organizations through a business transformation journey. We analyze three business transformation frameworks from a project management perspective. We find that such frameworks could be seen as project delivery approaches. Nonetheless, project management knowledge areas are not evenly embraced by all frameworks. We conclude with a discussion on the practical and research challenges of the use of these frameworks


Sedki Allaoui is a business optimization specialist at CN (Canadian National Railway Company). He has experience in manufacturing, transportation and supply chain industries. He acted as a change agent and project manager for various change initiatives such as information systems implementation, process improvement and organizational structuring. Recently, he is focusing on more radical change initiatives that transform organizations and enable their competitive advantage in face of business and economic turmoil. He is also a PhD candidate at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. His research is focused on developing a collaborative planning model for transformational projects.

Sedki is a member of the OIQ (Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec), a PMI student member, and an APICS student member. Academically, he is a member of the Jarislowsky / SNC-Lavalin Research Chair in the Management of International Projects, and of the CIRRELT (interuniversity research center on enterprise networks, logistics and transportation).

Sedki has a bachelor in industrial engineering, and a master in technology management from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. He is also a certified lean project leader and six sigma green belt from McGill University.