AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE STATUS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

M-L. Barry, L. Uys

Abstract


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This research investigated the status of project management in South Africa. A total of 81 respondents participated. It was found that internal stakeholders are more likely to have similar opinions on project success than external stakeholders; and that project managers use optimistic reporting because they do not want to appear to let the project stakeholders down. The top five factors for achieving project success are teamwork, cost management, project planning, scope management, and leadership. The six most important indicators of project success are client/customer satisfaction, project team skill level, senior management buy-in, communication or project reporting, scope management, and on-time project delivery.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: HHierdie navorsing ondersoek die status van projekbestuur in Suid-Afrika. Een-en-tagtig respondente het deelgeneem. Dit is bevind dat interne rolspelers meer geneig is om dieselfde opinies te hoor projeksukses as eksterne rolspelers; en dat projekbestuurders optimisties is in verslaggewing omdat hulle nie die projekrolspelers wil teleurstel nie. Die top vyf faktore om projeksukses te haal is spanwerk, kostebestuur, projekbeplanning, bestekbestuur, en leierskap. Die ses belangrikste indikators van projeksukses is klittevredenheid, vaardigheid van die projekspan, inkoop van senior bestuur, kommunikasie of projekverslaggewing, bestekbestuur, en om die projek betyds af te lewer.


Keywords


The status of project management in South Africa; teamwork; cost management; project planning; scope management; leadership; client/customer satisfaction; project team skill level; senior management buy-in; project reporting; scope management

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/22-1-31

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