Exploring religious influences on the performance of public construction projects in Ghana

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The religiousness of Africans is evident in every aspect of life and its impact on their choices is even undeniable. The introduction of project management practices and identification of factors for measuring construction project performance in Ghana has enlightened many practitioners in the field to encourage and improve upon public construction project performances, yet little has been done to fully understand the influences one’s beliefs has on these performance factors in Ghana. In this perspective, the following aims were set; to identify factors for measuring project performance in public construction projects in Ghana, to identify religious elements in the Ghanaian society, and to establish and identify the relationship between the factors of public construction project performance measurement and religion (elements of the various religions) in the Ghanaian society. To achieve the research aim and objectives, desk survey and closed-ended questionnaire were designed and used to elicit needed information from practitioners in the construction fields of public construction projects. A total of sixty (60) questionnaires were administered to the three religious bodies relevant to the study. The analysis of the collected data was done using descriptive statistics, mean score ranking, one-way Anova, Tukey Post Hoc analysis, and regression analysis. Findings from the analysis revealed that most of the religious bodies were aware of the presence of the seven factors identified for measuring construction project performance and acknowledged their significance in achieving project success. The six (6) elements of religion identified were all significant and there exist a statistical significance among their individual means. Finally, the findings uncovered that there exists a significant relationship between religion (elements of religion) in Ghana and the factors for measuring construction project performance.
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 Degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
Performance factors, Religious elements, Construction Industry, Project performance