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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Improving lessons learned practice in architectural practices: systematic conversion of lessons learned into improvement actions

Beraki ,Teklehaimanot Tewelde January 2014 (has links)
Includes bibliographical references / Purpose: Architectural firms are characterized by their professional identity and knowledge-driven nature; knowledge is crucial to their success in the competitive and dynamic business environment. As knowledge management is still in its infancy in the construction industry and structured knowledge management processes have not yet been adequately deployed in the architecture discipline, this research seeks to focus on the implicit knowledge management processes and more specifically give insight into the effective communication of lessons learned from an individual project to the wider organisation through the use of graphical methods such as the Function Analysis Systems Technique (FAST diagram) that can be undertaken in professional architectural firms. Design/methodology/approach: To establish if a FAST model can be used as a tool to capture and then communicate lessons learned. This would address the difficulty experienced in the project management of transmitting knowledge from one project to future projects of similar nature. To achieve this objective, a FAST diagram was developed from a Project Learning Roadmap developed by Carrillo et al. (2013) and other lessons learned process models which are based on detailed literature review in an attempt to enhance the lessons learned dissemination in South African professional architectural firms. The applicability and validity of the FAST diagram (Appendices B.13 and B.14) was verified by quantitative research methods. Based on the proposed process model, a combination of a brainstorming session and a pilot study with reflective learning approach was utilised on a selected sample population to study the opinions of professional architects on the details of these processes and the diagram. Data presentation was in text and graphic format. Findings - Once all the data were collected and analysed, the findings were that the research has confidently proven that graphical methods and especially FAST diagrams can effectively be used to communicate lessons learned from one project to the wider organisation. Practical implications: A clear policy/strategy governing the ways in which lessons learned should be disseminated is not prevalent among South African architectural firms. Originality/value: Although the study applies uniquely to architectural professional services firms and may not yield an evaluation that is comparable with previous similar studies, it is hoped that the FAST Diagram developed can be applied to other types of project-based professional service organizations in order to find out whether this tool can be used in their context in terms of how they manage their organizational learning. In addition, these future studies can offer a benchmarking effect to firms striving to establish matured project management offices (PMOs) through continuous improvement processes by using lessons learned. Limitations: Given the exploratory nature of this research, the amount of data obtained is restricted to a single architectural firm in South Africa.

An exploratory study of project finance as a funding model for affordable housing development in Windhoek, Namibia

Hamana, 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.

Organizational learning and knowledge management: application within the Kwazulu- Natal department of public works

Khumalo, Sbongumusa Zimisele 20 June 2022 (has links)
Organizations invest millions in planning for investments and projects and apportion very little to nothing for evaluating and learning from them. This study reviewed the current knowledge management practices, particularly project closeout information at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Public Works. This report provides a review and interpretation of knowledge management literatures in the project environment with a focus on the project closeout stage and the role and value that lessons learnt from post project reviews could potentially provide to project teams to improve current and future project implementation efficiency. A qualitative research approach, using thematic analysis and interpretive philosophy was used to analyse the data collected in this study. Semi-structured interviews, along with a survey questionnaire, were conducted with a selected sample of construction project managers and portfolio managers. Furthermore, the results of this study indicate that project managers see the value in cross project learning and senior management must have a structured knowledge management system in place that supports sharing of information and cross project learning that if implemented efficiently can aid in improving the performance and outputs for current and future projects. The proposed study will contribute to the fields of project management, cross project learning and knowledge management in the project environment. The study will look at means of fostering and improving the existing learning platforms within organizations with the aim of growing the organization's capacity and project implementation efficiency.

Identification of leadership style of project manager for project success /

Yu, Yang. Unknown Date (has links)
This thesis will highlight leadership styles applied by project manager in different situations. In order to have a comprehensive understanding of the leadership style, the thesis will review some of the well known leadership theories including traits theory, behaviour theory and contingency theory etc. In addition, the concept of project management and project manager as well as project success are mentioned in the thesis. Issues will be identified at the end of literature review and they will be the focus in the following chapters. / Based on the information gathered from the literature review, case study and questionnaire survey are conducted to further investigation. Three cases related to construction and IT industries have been selected and they will be analysed to examine the situations matched with appropriate leadership style. Furthermore, project manager and his team members' roles will be identified in each case. Questionnaire survey has 50 questions that are designed to identify the respondent's opinions to project manager's roles, traits and their leadership style etc. / The findings of the research will be concluded in the last chapter. These findings show that project manager can not use a single leadership style in all situations. Therefore, project manager needs to clarify the surrounding and choose an appropriate style that will help him to achieve an effective environment in which project team members and other stakeholders can contribute their knowledge and skills to project success. Recommendations for the further investigation will also be put forward at the end of this chapter. / Thesis (MProjectManagement)--University of South Australia, 2006.

Barriers that hinder the maturation of project management as a profession in Australia /

Valverde, Felix Coello. Unknown Date (has links)
A professional status for project management will enable it to provide a better service to society. Project management is recognised as a discipline and embraced by many practitioners as an occupation. However, it is still not fully recognised as a profession due to some barriers that hinder its maturation as a profession. Judging by a sociological analysis of professions, occupation reach professional status by fully satisfying approaches of 'process' and 'characteristics'. / The endeavour to professionalise project management is an international effort. The process to achieve professional status and the characteristics of professions follows universal principles. Therefore, the literature review draws on information from the global context whilst the questionnaire survey focuses on Australia. / Outcomes of the literature review have been supported and enlarged by the questionnaire survey findings. The main barriers that hinder the maturation of project management as a profession are the following: firstly, weaknesses in knowledge base and philosophical principles; secondly, lack of project management competency at individual and organisational levels; thirdly, lack of project management courses at university levels; fourthly, lack of solid professional standards; fifthly, lack of project management culture in business organisations; sixthly, misuse of the title 'project manager' in the work environment; and seventhly and finally, frailness in professional culture and weak sense of community among practitioners. These barriers interact with and influence each other, thereby creating more barriers. / Project management is in the process of maturation as a profession. However, for project management to achieve this, it will mainly rely on the competency of practitioners and professional organisations to overcome the mentioned barriers. There is also the inherent factor of maturation: that is, time to achieve it. / Thesis (MProjectManagement)--University of South Australia, 2004.

An evaluation of the competency of project manager in relation to project success /

Du, Fei. Unknown Date (has links)
Thesis (MProjMgmt)--University of South Australia, 2001.

Project management Department of Defense body of knowledge (PMDoD/DBOK) /

Lim, Yong Hai. Unknown Date (has links)
Thesis (MAppSc in Project Management) -- University of South Australia, 1994

Identifying and managing the factors needed to implement Benefits Realization Management frameworks in publicly funded innovation projects in South African context

Netshiswinzhe, 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.

An investigation into the human capital perspective of project management – ensuring project success within selected financial organisations in Botswana

Silo, 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.

Value co-creation in the project management industry in South Africa: implementation examined

Moshidi, Mpelegeng Mologadi 04 March 2022 (has links)
Value creation has emerged as an integral part of project management to necessitate customer satisfaction, profitability, and long-lasting value. Value creation in the context of construction is related to the benefits that can be realised after the project is completed. There is little information in the literature which articulates the impediments that hinder the adoption of value co-creation for the benefit of all stakeholders. The study is concerned about why value co-creation is not a common practice in the South African project management industry. The study adopted an explanatory research design based on qualitative approach to gather data using semi-structured interview from ten (10) participants selected using purposive sampling. The study was based on a single case study and interviews were audio recorded. Data was analysed using thematic analysis using manual method on Microsoft Word document. Findings identified that impediments that hinder value co-creation in project management include project scope changes, lack of performance standards and poor communication, stakeholder involvement, lack of knowledge and unrealistic expectations. The impact of ineffective management of value outcomes include bad company reputation and financial implications. Ways to manage impediments that hinder value co-creation in project management include risk assessment, setting realistic goals, value interaction, and accountability. Recommendations are made to the project managers, project clients, project stakeholders and future researchers in the field of Project Management.

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