Stakeholder management strategies adopted by Sekondi-Takoradi metropolitan assembly for urban development grant (UDG) projects.

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The research aimed at investigating Stakeholder Management Strategies adopted by SekondiTakoradi Metropolitan Assembly for Urban Development Grant (UDG) Projects. In achieving this aim, the objectives set were; to identify steps adopted in stakeholder management; to identify challenges associated with stakeholder management; and to identify causes of the challenges associated with stakeholder management by Sekondi-Takoradi metropolitan assembly. The research adopted the quantitative strategy, data was obtained using questionnaire. The total population was 185, Kish formula was used in obtaining the sample size of 72, and 60 respondents helped in achieving the aim of the research. The data was analyzed and presented with the aid of Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) and Microsoft Excel software’s (using the Mean score ranking and Relative importance index (RII). The study revealed that planning of stakeholder management, identification of stakeholders and controlling of stakeholder’s engagement were the most effective steps adopted in stakeholder management strategies. In the second objective, poor communication among stakeholders, poor strategies during stakeholder’s management, lack of stakeholder support, hiring a project management with high competency and excessive political interference were also the major challenges associated with stakeholder management strategies. Low level of understanding among stakeholders, high level of disagreement among stakeholders, inconsistent communication among stakeholders and unavailability of resources were the main causes of challenges were chosen by respondents that needed effective attention to be resolved. Lastly, the study revealed stakeholders being included in the project process, firm agreeing with stakeholders in finding solutions, ensuring that there are enough resources for stakeholders during a project and lastly ensuring good relationships among stakeholders as the important strategies that could reduce the challenges. These were the main strategies selected by respondents to help reduce these challenges and causes of challenges, and there were other helpful strategies that were chosen as the least strategies.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environmen in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
UDG, STMA, Stakeholder management