IJIMT 2018 Vol.9(1): 21-27 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2018.9.1.781

The Impact of Project Management Implementation on the Successful Completion of Projects in Construction

Assem Al-Hajj and Mario M. Zraunig
Abstract— Although project success is the most discussed topic of project management, little is known about the influence of project management success on the success of projects. Despite the vast array of project management literature and trainings available, project management methodologies fail to deliver consistent project success. Accordingly, there is a need to decode the role of successfully applied project management methodologies on project success. This paper examines the current status of project management methodologies and their influence on the elements of project success. Although projects are managed since ancient times, a thorough literature review reveals that the theoretical cornerstones of project management methodologies are not yet agreed upon. Project success depends on project management success and the success of the end-product. This represents the micro and macro perspective of project success, the boundary of which inspires polarized reactions. Project success is influenced by many different factors, outside the control of project management. This research analyses the data of project practitioners, scattered over ten nations. The collected data suggests that the majority of successful projects implement, but do not fully utilize contemporary project management tools and techniques to their capabilities. The influence of project management tools and techniques on project success depends on the practitioners’ training, the timing and level of implementation achieved, whereas the human factor plays an essential part for achieving project success. This research concludes that project management success represents one of two essential ingredients for achieving project success, therefore, positively influencing project success.

Index Terms— Project management, project success, tools and techniques, success factors and criteria.

Assem Al-Hajj is with the Applied Science University, UK (e-mail: assem.al-hajj@asu.edu.bh). Mario M. Zraunig is with the Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus, UK (e-mail: mariozraunig@gmx.at).

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Cite: Assem Al-Hajj and Mario M. Zraunig, " The Impact of Project Management Implementation on the Successful Completion of Projects in Construction," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 21-27, 2018.

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