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An investigation into the human capital perspective of project management – ensuring project success within selected financial organisations in BotswanaSilo, Tawanda 16 March 2022 (has links)
Projects are an integral part of business growth. Ensuring that structures are put in place to allow for success is important within projects. However, projects can have different issues throughout execution, which include, project delays, poor conflict management processes and limited resourcing. Therefore, an investigation into the aforementioned areas to examine the impact they have on project success was deemed necessary for the research report. Based on the issues highlighted, the purpose of this study is to examine the views on project success and the impact of human capital on project success through the lens of three practicing project managers in selected financial services industry in Botswana. A multiple-case study framework has been developed in order to address the key issues being tackled in the study. Areas of exploration include an examination of key team roles and how they would apply in the context of the selected financial institutions as well as an examination of whether all of Belbin's key team roles are necessary in a team setup from the case studies. A look into how the project managers view project success as well as the constituents of success within the organisations they represent. Lastly, the study investigates the underpinnings of conflict management within their various organisations and how the navigate issues arising. Finally, an analysis of the results is done leading to the research findings and conclusions of the study.
An exploratory study of project finance as a funding model for affordable housing development in Windhoek, NamibiaHamana, Olsen 16 February 2022 (has links)
This thesis aims to explore the current usage of the project finance model in Namibia, with the view to explore the viability of the project finance model as an alternative funding approach to the traditional funding structures currently used in affordable housing developments and other infrastructure sectors of the Namibian economy. The research identified a predictable and strong stream of cash flow from the project, healthy competition between equity and debt financier to reduce interest rates, end-user affordability and access to finance, good governance, and an attractive market as enabling factors for the project finance model to be effective in the Namibian context. The research further explored potential opportunities and challenges regarding the application of the model in Namibia. To gain insight into these research objectives, targeted interviews were conducted by key players and experts in the financing and housing sector. An extensive study of secondary sources, consisting of existing literature and data, was also undertaken. The analysis of findings from interviews and secondary sources shows that the project finance model is a viable instrument for affordable housing developments in Namibia. However, future users of the project finance model will need to adapt the model to fit the affordable housing financing criteria and, most importantly, identify and establish the sources of financing for the end-users.
Project Scheduling in the Presence of Productivity FunctionsSteeneck, Daniel Waymouth 05 August 2009 (has links)
The need for good quality project scheduling methods arises in many fields such as construction, manufacturing, and military operations, among others. In this thesis, we develop a solution methodology which determines the sequence in which the activities of the project must be processed and the resource allocation to each activity in the project to minimize the makespan of the project. We consider projects whose activities' durations are defined by convex, non-increasing time-resource trade-off functions and whose activities are not pre-emptable (i.e., once some amount of resource has been allocated to an activity, this resource level may not change while the activity is processed). The solution methodology first finds all potentially optimal sequences for a given project. However, rather than considering all possible sequences, we use special relationships between certain pairs activities to determine a priori how these pairs will be sequenced in relation to each other. Then, the optimal resource allocations are determine for each sequence and the solution with the smallest makespan is selected. / Master of Science
Factors critical to benefits realisation of IT/IS projects in the South African governmentMatsio, Thato 15 February 2019 (has links)
Purpose – This research investigated factors critical to benefits realisation of IT/IS project in the South African Government. The aim of the research was therefore to establish a list of factors critical to benefits realisation of IT/IS projects in SA government by testing the applicability of Coombs (2015) factors and as well as testing factors identified in the literature. Method – In addition to the factors identified in Coombs (2015) study, a literature review was conducted to identify additional factors critical for benefits realisation in IT/IS projects and twenty-one factors were identified. A web-survey with twenty one (21) success factors was sent to IT stakeholders in SA government particularly the State Information Technology Agency to determine their relevance and importance in benefits realisation of IT/IS projects in SA government. Results – The research finding revealed that all four of Coombs (2015) study success factors were relevant. Two of the factors were amongst the top ten factors considered the most important factors rated by the IT stakeholders in SA government. It also revealed that all twenty-one factors were relevant, however the following ten (10) factors were considered the most important factors: Clear Project Mission, Effective Communication, Defined Project Scope, User/Client Involvement, Top Management Support, Competent Project Manager, Sufficient/Well allocated resources, Strong, and detailed project plan, Business Process Knowledge, and Governance Structure. Furthermore, the research also revealed nine (9) additional factors identified by the IT stakeholders and they include: Political Stability, Architecture, Supportive legislation and policies, Teamwork, Trust and Honesty, IT solutions aligned to global Trend, Social and Economic Impact on Citizen, System Integration, and Project Management Methodology. Practical Implications – The findings allowed for an establishment of twenty-one factors critical for benefits realisation in IT/IS projects in SA government. However, the findings and the research process had some limitations. The sample for the survey was chosen from a population of a single organisation. The outcome of the survey is not an accurate representation of the entire government. Therefore, further research might be required using a larger sample size spanning various and different levels of government. The research findings may also need to be confirmed with more qualitative methods.
Challenges in the implementation of community based adaption projects in Eastern and Southern AfricaOsman, Faizal 12 January 2022 (has links)
Community Based Adaptation (CBA) projects in Eastern and Southern Africa have difficulties in achieving long term benefits. There are challenges in the management of the implementation of these projects. This study aimed to determine the facts that contribute to this failure by identifying the main challenges CBA projects face, uncovering how benefits can be better addressed and naming alternatives to the methodology as potential areas of future research. The research used the quantitative method, data collection was done through an online survey directed to professionals with experience in CBA. The analysis of the data showed that long term sustainability, financial factors and stakeholder coordination were the main challenges encountered in CBA projects in the region of study. It was also concluded that focus on stakeholder management, gathering sufficient funds, improving participatory techniques, and improving Project Management (PM) tools or designing a specific PM toolkit for CBA are possible strategies to improve benefits. Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA), Information and Communication Technologies Based Adaptation (ICTBA) and Risk Based Adaptation were identified as alternatives to CBA with potential for further study.
Identifying and managing the factors needed to implement Benefits Realization Management frameworks in publicly funded innovation projects in South African contextNetshiswinzhe, Mashudu Keith 30 August 2022 (has links) (PDF)
Innovation projects seeks to bring fourth new technology products or services to the marketplace (community) to respond to broader socio-economic challenges. Innovation projects have elements of complexity and uncertainty which often fails to meet stakeholder expectations. This requires the need to determine requirements which need to be considered while dealing with publicly funded innovation projects so as to ensure project benefits are realised. The objective of the study is to identify factors needed to implement Benefit Realisation Management (BRM) frameworks in managing publicly funded innovation projects. BRM framework was unpacked in assessing its role on publicly funded innovation in ensuring project benefits achievement. The framework was applied in assessing innovation projects within the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). A qualitative research methodology was employed as to achieve the project objectives of the study. An in-depth approach was used through face to face interviews in collecting primary data from study respondents within the DSI. The study participants entailed project managers on two government level of authority, namely middle and senior management. The study output revealed the critical role of a BRM framework in achieving project benefits and meeting stakeholder's expectations. To ensure that project benefits are realised, factors such as project governance, return on investment, project success and value creation need to be taken into account. Furthermore, a relationship between BRM and business strategy need to co-exist for project benefits realisation. The BRM framework is essential and should play a central role in every project implemented. The framework quantifies the need for project stakeholders to embrace the modern approach of assessing projects without limiting it on the constraints of time, cost and quality also known as the iron triangle. Project should be assessed based on the impact and benefit derived and the BRM framework is a critical tool to effect it.
The Project Management Framework of a Large-scale Lump Sum Turnkey ProjectHwang, Rong-Yuh 24 August 2011 (has links)
The domestic construction project contracts have made a great development to large-scale lump sum turnkey project, which includes engineering, procurement and construction. The turnkey contractors are responsible for the interface integration among various projects to reduce the delays caused by poor interface coordination, and to shorten the project schedule, moreover to ensure project quality. However, there are huge discrepancies between lump sum turnkey construction projects and general construction projects. Lump sum turnkey projects require a wider field of engineering project management covering the project planning and project control of engineering design, procurement and site construction. So, it is important to do further research in this area. The main purpose of this study is to develop a complete project management framework for large-scale lump sum turnkey projects from the standpoint of a project owner. A real case of the LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) receiving terminal project at Taichung Harbor was used to verify the feasibility of the proposed framework. This study is based on literature review, interview and case study of a large-scale lump sum turnkey project. The engineering project management system of a large-scale construction contractor was studied. The interviewees included top management personnel, information system personnel, and project management system users of the best practice company. The results of this study serve as guidelines of large-scale lump sum turnkey construction project management for project owners. It¡¦s also beneficial for small and median sized contractors to learn from best practice experiences.
Effects of procurement processes on project execution in a project management company in Cape Town, South AfricaKafile, Masithembe January 2018 (has links)
Thesis (MTech (Project Management))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2018. / The purpose of this study was to unearth the challenges that occur in procurement processes and the effects these challenges have on project execution. Project procurement management is the production of associations with outside merchants and providers for merchandise and enterprises expected to finish a task. This process encompasses five stages: initiating and planning, selecting, contract writing, monitoring, and lastly, closing the deal. To clearly illustrate the magnitude of challenges faced in procurement processes, a project management company in Cape Town, South Africa, has been chosen as the subject of study. This study identified that procurement challenges were rooted in the company’s method of execution which comprises supplier-related issues, strategy selection issues, cost reduction and savings achievement factors, data accuracy issues and stakeholder management concerns. The aforementioned challenges resonate with various theoretical connotations by authorities who maintained that challenges in procurement could be narrowed to four areas: cost reduction, ‘going digital’, risk mitigation and supplier relationships. This study adopted a mixed research methodology incorporating both qualitative and quantitative research techniques and relied on field research conducted both through a survey of administered questionnaires as well as structured interviews. The information gathered in field research has been used to augment and corroborate theoretical information existing in literature and to proffer solutions through pragmatic recommendations for improving procurement processes with the intent of enhancing project execution efficacy and effectiveness. This study further aimed to add input to the existing body of knowledge concerning the effects of procurement processes on project execution in project management and also to contribute to the existing literature in procurement management.
Financování developerských projektů / Development Projects FinancingKonek, Ivan January 2019 (has links)
The thesis deals with the issue of financing development projects. The aim is to formulate a financing proposal for a chosen development project and consequently evaluate and compare each option and choose the most effective solution. The thesis includes the characteristics of the given issue which forms the core for the proposal section. Furthermore, I concentrate on comparison of individual sources and their expensiveness for acquiring, which then I subsequently evaluate and compare in a comprehensive manner. The resulting solution is a proposition of financing development project UrbanPark - Východná where I consider two different scenarios. Offers are prepared based on the current up-to-date information which creates an opportunity for immediate implementation of the proposed solution.
Try to see it my way : Towards a multi-actor perspective in the project owner-manager relationshipKaijser, Jonathan January 2015 (has links)
Project management involves many different actors. Rather than solely looking at those actors as individuals, the interaction between them should not be forgotten either. This thesis tries to provide a better understanding of one specific type of interaction: the project owner-manager relationship. This relationship is approached as the dyadic interaction between one project manager and one project owner. Previous studies indicate that project owners and project managers depend on one another, but that they can have diverging perspectives as well. The goal of this study is to get a deeper understanding of how these different perspectives can influence the success of the project-owner relationship. In order to achieve this understanding, a multiple case study involving 8 project owner-manager relationships was employed. Both project owners and project managers were interviewed, in order to get closer to a multi-actor perspective. The results show that there are both similarities and differences between the perspectives of these actors. However, a lack of understanding between these perspectives can cause the project owner-manager relationship fail. In the end, the potential effects of this relationship cannot and should not be ignored, as this study shows that it can be the difference between project success and project failure. Therefore, in a world that is ever more dominated by projects, this thesis has multiple practical and scientific implications.
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