ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY-RELATED ATTRIBUTES OF PROJECT MANAGERS FOR SUCCESSEFUL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT EXECUTION IN NIGERIA
Publication Date : 01/08/2012
The paper traces the qualities required by a project manager to execute construction projects successfully. It also examines the perception of three significant actors in the construction industry (that is the clients, the consultants and the contractors) regarding the desirable qualities of an effective project manager. The research is limited to the views of a convenient sample of construction and property professionals who are employed or engaged by client’s organizations, consultancy firms or contracting companies. The total sample used for the study is 185 returned questionnaires answered by 50 clients, 70 consultants and 65 contractors. The individual desirable qualities were categorized into six main groups: personal qualities, problem-solving, administration, supervision/project management, interpersonal relation and technical expertise. The practitioners rated each of these qualities according to their perception of the degree of importance. The statistical tools such as frequency count, mean item score and spearman correlation were used in the analysis. The results revealed that the three groups perceived the desirable qualities differently. To the clients the most important attribute was personal qualities, the consultant rated problem solving to be the most important quality, while to the contractors it was technical expertise. However, when the three groups were combined, personal quality was rated as the most important desirable quality of an effective project manager.
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