An investigation into the extent to which the role of the project manager contributes to success in construction projects in the UK

Scott, Nathan (2014) An investigation into the extent to which the role of the project manager contributes to success in construction projects in the UK. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This research project is centred around the field of project management, with a particular focus on what project managers do to facilitate success in UK based construction projects. The project looked into the overall role of the project manager, the nature of communication and communication methodologies available, as well as an analysis of the project management process adopted and an appraisal of how Building Information Modelling systems are being implemented to improve the project management process. It was found from a critical review of the literature available that the project management profession is now fully established, however there is some discrepancy as to what the title ‘project manager’ entails. The literature suggested that a platform to exchange information is an essential prerequisite for success in construction projects, and that having a platform to exchange information can increase trust between team members. 17 questionnaires were completed by industry professionals from various backgrounds, as well as 4 structured interviews with project managers. The responses received formed the primary data and was compared to the secondary data to prove, disprove and extend on existing knowledge. It was found that ultimately, the main responsibility of the project manager was to manage the project, on behalf of the client, and that when managing multiple projects more support is needed to manage conflict on a client’s behalf. The primary data fits in with the secondary data in that a platform to exchange information is required, however it should not comprise proven forms of interaction, like face-to-face conversations and telephone calls. The primary data also highlighted the true commercial nature of the construction industry, whereby a variety of commercial process are adopted to keep project contributors orientated and focussed towards the client’s goals. Finally, it was established that the benefits of Building Information Modelling are not marketed well enough, therefore creating a low demand for its use on projects.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:57
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16462

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