Determining and overcoming the behavioural impediments to effective project team collaboration

Koen, Nolan (2011-03)

Thesis (MBA)--University of Stellenbosch, 2011.


Research has shown that a large percentage of projects do not deliver expected outcomes on schedule and within budget. Further many projects are cancelled before completion. One of the reasons provided is that project managers usually only focus on three technical elements of a project; namely performance, cost and time. Literature on this matter indicates that project managers tend to neglect an important aspect of the process namely the people dynamics. The manner in which people are treated becomes a critical success factor in the successful execution of projects. Further reasons for project failure include bad team selections, poor communication and poor leadership. These hindrances need to be addressed in order for the project to be a successful. Guidelines to address these issues are available; however, research suggests that it is not commonly implemented. The aim of this research is to investigate project teams in practice. Questionnaires were sent to project managers enquiring whether the suggested guidelines are applied and whether any other behavioural problems, which are not identified in the literature, exist. After compiling and analyzing the data from the returned questionnaires, solutions were investigated to address these problems. Finally, feedback and recommendations were provided to the respective project managers. 56 Pages.

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