Assessing the Capability of Project Management Practice on Infrastructure Projects in Northern Nigeria

Arid Zone Journal of Engineering, Technology and Environment

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Title Assessing the Capability of Project Management Practice on Infrastructure Projects in Northern Nigeria
Creator Shuaib, M. R.
Davison, B.
Description The increasing lack of successful completion of large infrastructure public projects in Nigeria has given rise to the need to look at project environment with a view to confronting the challenges that face project success. This paper examines the project management (PM) philosophy as currently applied in managing infrastructure projects in Nigeria, with the intention of assessing its effectiveness in addressing issues necessary for successful project delivery. A quantitative survey employing an online questionnaire was used to solicit responses from 200 professionals on 40 selected multifarious projects across three regions in the North and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria. Twenty-one factors contributing to sound PM practice were identified from literature, which were later trimmed to 14 after validity and pilot test conducted on the questionnaire. A descriptive statistic is applied to determine the influence index value of the factors and their relative importance in PM practice in Nigeria.  Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient was used to examine the similarity or dissimilarity in the ranking of the factors amongst the respondents, who were categorized as clients, contractors and consultants. This study’s finding shows “lack of favourable form of contract conditions”, “weak stakeholders’ relationship” and “poor leadership potential” as the major factors that lead to unsound PM practice in Nigeria. Previous studies indicate that the existing traditional project management system is short of encompassing issues of leadership potential and relationship management as other essential knowledge areas in project management. The study recommends a relationship-based framework for PM practice that would reflect issues relating to project team and their cross-functional and working relationship in project delivery. The outcome of this survey will benefit the Nigerian Government who is a major construction client, the private sector and the construction industry by providing data that can be utilized to develop PM services thereby increasing the success of infrastructure project delivery in Nigeria.
Publisher Faculty of Engineering, University of Maiduguri, P.M.B. 1069, Maiduguri, Nigeria.
Date 2018-12-03
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Arid Zone Journal of Engineering, Technology and Environment; Vol 14 No 4 (2018); 593-603
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Faculty of Engineering, University of Maiduguri

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