The competences required by project managers for project success

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Managing construction project involves the understanding of the critical success factors (CSFs) which collectively defines a set of best practices to attain project success. Construction projects like any other investments needs adequate funding. Clients and stakeholders invest huge sums of money; hence at the end, the project must be to their satisfaction with regards to quality and aesthetics. The aim of this research was to identify the critical success factors to consider in choosing an effective project manager on a construction project. To identify the critical success factors in construction project delivery and to identify the significant competencies of a project manager that contributes to the project success, were objectives considered. This study employs quantitative research approach. An extensive literature review on the subject matter and a survey using structured questionnaire through the purposive sampling approach was adopted. The data gathered was analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequency and mean score. Fifty respondents were later asked to scale the factors discovered from the existing literature. The first five critical success factors discovered in order of ranking were; Effective quality assurance culture, adequate communication among all project participants, availability of resources as planned throughout the project, adequate funding and detailed project planning. The study again discovered some competencies of a project manager. The competencies were further put into groups of four namely; Administrative experience, human relation skills, leadership skills and finally technical skills. It is believed that the finding from this study will influence the selection of an effective project manager which will enable the project manager play his or her roles efficiently on any construction project
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of Master of Science.
Competencies, Project Manager, Critical factors, Successful Project, Project Management, Construction Projects, Quality and Project Satisfaction