Psychological Traits of Team Members that contribute to Project success: a case study of the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP) Sekondi-Takoradi

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Usually, institutions set out to organize the best teams for their projects using criteria such as years of experience, level of education and professional achievements. The issue of selecting team members with regard to their inherent psychological characteristics that gives them an added advantage over others is ignored. Not all persons, regardless of their competence can work efficiently and effectively in every environment. This study sort to identify the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) psychological types that characterize project team members in delivering successful projects under the Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP) infrastructural facilities within the Komkompe-Takoradi industrial enclave. This work was a pilot study to facilitate further related research for conclusive results. Simple random sampling was used to derive the number of respondents to issue the questionnaires to. Three hundred and fifty questionnaires were issued to the residents of Kokompe-Takoradi. With respect to the team members at Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), eleven questionnaires were designed and issued out. Data was then analysed using SPSS software, to identify successful projects under the criteria of stakeholder satisfaction in terms of product quality and timely service delivery of project. A Chi test was conducted between variables (project success and psychological traits of team members) and a strong link was established. It was deduced that; seventy-three percent of the team members were introvert, intuitive, thinking, judging (INTJ) psychological type. The remaining introvert, intuitive, feeling, judging (INFJ), extrovert, intuitive, feeling, judging (ENFJ) and extrovert, intuitive, thinking, judging (ENTJ) were nine percent each respectively. Analysis showed that there was strong link between the psychological traits of team members and the success of a project. To attain project success the selection of project team members should have the appropriate blend of psychological traits to acquire project success.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award degree of Master of Science in Project Management
Project success, Psychological traits, Team members