Applying Project Management Principles to the maintenance of Telecommunication Mast (Tower) in Ghana

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November 2019
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In the telecommunication industry, effective maintenance strategy has been considered as integral component in achieving stable network systems. Maintenance in a broader term is a business function that serves and supports the primary process in an organization. This study explored the effective ways of applying project management principles to telecommunication mast maintenance in Ghana. The study was carried out along the tenets of a preliminary literature review and followed by a survey using a structured questionnaire. Thirty six (36) questionnaire were distributed by purposive sampling, and 32 completed questionnaires representing 89% were considered valid for the analysis. The data collected were analyzed using Mean score and Relative Importance Index (RII). The study reveals that, Intervention and execution strategy, Risk management, Time management, Scope management, Communication management, Cost management, Quality management, Human resource management, Measurement and accountability, Formulating the project team and Integration management are the major project management principles that can be employed to telecom mast maintenance. Considering the challenges in order of extremity, respondents indicated that, Inadequate Skills for the Maintenance Management, Undefined Equipment Output, Ambiguous Contingency Plans, Lack of Manager’s Engagement and Improper Risk Management are the major challenges to applying project management principles to telecom mast maintenance. Further, a number of effective approach in applying project management principles to telecom mast maintenance were suggested which includes; establishing maintenance management procedures, Divide the maintenance plan of the equipment into tasks, Estimating resources and creating a resource plan of the equipment etc
Thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Build Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award degree of Master of Science in Project Management,
Project, management, maintenance, equipment, Principles