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Evaluating the use of project management techniques in infrastructure delivery by South African small and medium sized contractors

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dc.contributor.author Agumba, Justus Ngala
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-16T12:54:49Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-16T12:54:49Z
dc.date.issued 2008-07-16T12:54:49Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/802
dc.description.abstract South Africa is currently faced with the challenge of reducing the huge backlog of infrastructure delivery to communities that were previously disadvantaged. Given the prioritization of empowerment by the South African government, the previously disadvantaged and marginalized sector of the construction industry that comprises mainly, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is the preferred vehicle of delivery. However, consequent to their historic position outside of the mainstream construction industry, they lack the requisite project management expertise and experience to make good on this objective. This study investigates the characteristics of the personnel managing SMEs and the SMEs themselves, the usage, necessity, importance and adequate use of the techniques, effectiveness and potential applicability of various project management techniques to improve the performance of the SMEs in delivering the much-needed infrastructure. The study also identifies those external and internal factors that are detrimental to the effective implementation of project management techniques. Given the aforementioned, a descriptive survey was conducted among contractors who were either registered members of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) or the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) in Gauteng. The data was collected using a semi-structured, structured and open-ended interview questionnaire, and analysed using descriptive analysis, severity index and content analysis respectively. The findings indicate that experienced and educated personnel manage SMEs. There is usage of essential project management techniques, which the contractors agreed are necessary and important in managing their projects. There is inadequate use of project management techniques among the SMEs. When used, the techniques brought about improvement in the delivery of projects. The research also established various factors that deterred the adequate implementation of project management techniques, namely, lack of adequate project information from professionals, time and financial constraints. The research concludes by suggesting that if significant improvements in the delivery of construction projects are to be attained, the findings stated need to be taken into consideration. en
dc.description.sponsorship Mr. F.C. Fester Prof. F.A.O. Otieno Mr. I.O. Adegoke en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Project management en
dc.subject Construction industry en
dc.subject Small business en
dc.title Evaluating the use of project management techniques in infrastructure delivery by South African small and medium sized contractors en
dc.type Thesis en

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