An analysis of project management practices in Ghana (a case study of zoomlion ghana limited)

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Projects are one of the highly risk-prone industry that most countries face in both developed and developing countries and also developmental projects have become a significant contributor to the national economy. There have been countless records of abandoned projects primarily due to the level of project failures associated with the industry. The increasing resources have resulted in organizations putting in place project management methods and practices in order to take full advantage of sections of profitable projects. The study aimed to investigate the practice of project management at Zoomlion Ghana Limited as a case study. The study was based on a descriptive survey design and adopted both quantitative and qualitative approach in addressing the issues. Fifty (50) employees from the companies’ head office Accra were sampled using a purposive (judgmental) sampling technique to select respondents. Data was collected using close ended questionnaire based on a five Likert scale point to ascertain answers from respondents. The results then was presented in tables, graphs and charts. The research demonstrates that each project's project management procedures must be conducted in all five stages or phases before execution. It was noted from the findings that the decrease in project income and the rise in project delivery costs have greatly affected the impact on efficiency in project implementation processes. The outcome confirms that the practice of rigid organizational structure within the organization and the inapplicable use of management software hinders the successes of project implementation at Zoomlion Ghana Limited. It was highly recommended that more training programmes on PM practices should be organized as well as employing more experienced and qualified personnel to handle project to avoid cost, time over run and project delays. Also, the project management processes should be documented and taught at all levels
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management 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.
projects, project management, project management practices, management practices