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Executive project management structure and the challenges acing its adoption in the Nigerian construction industry

Ekundayo, D., Jewell, C. and Awodele, O. A. (2013) Executive project management structure and the challenges acing its adoption in the Nigerian construction industry. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 2 (3). pp. 158-169. ISSN 1911-1118

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To link to this item DOI: 10.7492/IJAEC.2013.015


Project management (PM) is a globally recognized discipline and has been widely adopted within the construction industry. Despite advancements in the PM discipline, the ineffective traditional management system, typical of the non-executive PM structure, is still widely used in the Nigerian construction industry. The aim of this paper is thus to explore the challenges facing the adoption of the executive PM structure in Nigeria. The paper first assesses the level of growth of PM in Nigeria using UK best practices as a benchmark and identifies the key PM characteristics in the two countries. Focus group interviews were used to collect the primary data for the study and content analysis was used to present the results in a thematic format. The study revealed the key barriers to the adoption of an executive PM structure in Nigeria as a lack of proper awareness, unfavorable policies, skill shortages, the traditional culture of stakeholders and the absence of a regulatory body. It is recommended that the government, as a major player/client in the Nigerian construction industry, should lead the campaign to change the traditional industry approach to project management. This is necessary if construction stakeholders in Nigeria are to be educated and encouraged towards adopting and putting into practice effective PM.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:35215
Publisher:The International Association for Sustainable Development and Management

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