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Project management in Ghana: expectations, realities and barriers to use

Fred Venter
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 1, No 1 | a305 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v1i1.305 | © 2005 Fred Venter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2016 | Published: 17 May 2005

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Fred Venter, School of Economic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

This article reports the findings of an empirical study of the problems of developing Project Management (PM) practice in Ghanaian organisations. Based on previous research and survey data, the characteristics of the project life cycle (PLC) are used as a basis to examine the nature, type and severity of the problems encountered by organisations implementing projects. It is also used to determine the extent and relevance of PM usage: concepts, methods and application. It is concluded that although PM is important, legitimate and relevant, its practice in Ghana has been fraught with problems. Some recommendations for overcoming these problems are also made, and it is recommended that further research is required in order to ascertain the nature of PM practice and to gauge the attitudes and opinions of people involved in projects in Ghana.

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project management; project life cycle; Ghana

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