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CHAMPION. He who fights for another, or takes his place in a quarrel; it also includes him who fights his own battles. Bract. lib. 4, t. 2, c. 12.

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One research study examined over 190 championed projects in steel, agricultural chemicals and pesticides, packaged processed foods, and industrial chemical firms.
Schon (2) and Roberts and colleagues (4,5) confirmed that championed projects advance within an organization.
Champions do believe in innovative strategic directions; they keep projects alive; and they influence others to divert resources to the championed project.