|Abstract:||Energy companies, which operate in the field of distribution of natural gas, are facing major changes. They were forced to make modifications to their operations and organization in order to be able to keep up with these changes and adapt to them appropriately. The complexity of the system, in which a company has to transform at a given moment, modify its business model (both in the purchasing and the distributing aspect), manage the company properly and in accordance with the legislation, and in the end make successful sales on the market, was a big challenge for many companies. Businesses must solve this problem in a way where they become competitive on the market and able to adapt to their customers' requirements. They need to abandon their traditional operation patterns and live up to their role and business model when entering a market, in order to be able to operate independently and achieve their goals. Furthermore, the employees also have a big role, as they have to change their work methods and the relationship with their customers.
It is extremely demanding to achieve this, as this is an extremely demanding project, economically viable only if sufficient economies of scale are achieved, since the fiscal costs are considerably high (organizational structure, leasing of transport routes, memberships). It is extremely important for companies to realize this and take action towards transformation. One possible solution is in creating a project office that supports the appropriate and timely execution of all projects needed for the changes on the market. It can implement a comprehensive project management system in the company, ensure the appropriate project qualifications of project managers and project team members, establish a project information system and other activities. In doing so, the company must pay attention to important factors (simplicity, focus, planning, full management support, communication) to successfully set up a project office and manage risks (number of managers, burnout, paperwork, organisational restructuration)–risks and results go hand in hand.
The establishment of a successful project management, through which companies will achieve their goal, must be followed by an appropriate information system that is linked to the project and its environment in which it is designed, managed, implemented and completed. With the help of the information system, it will be easier to control, manage and run the projects that are needed to transform company's operations. The information system will be the central element of the control mechanism, which will monitor all the affaires and inform us timely about the achieved and necessary corrective measures.
The master's thesis highlights the importance and the necessity of project management and project organization for the company's appropriate response to changes and challenges on the market. It is of utmost importance that the company transformation does not end with the establishment of a new organizational structure and membership in its own balancing group, but with the establishment of a continuous process of developing a project office and pursuing the goals defined in the strategy. Long-term existence can only be ensured by the continuous adaptation to the
market and the ongoing transformation of the business process in order to keep pace with market conditions and customer needs.|