Title: Innovations in project management practices: a case of Indian organisation in the petroleum industry

Authors: Prasanta Kumar Dey

Addresses: Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK

Abstract: The Indian petroleum industry is passing through a very dynamic business environment due to the liberalisation of many government policies, vertical integration among organisations and the presence of multinational companies. This caused a competitive environment among the organisations in the Indian petroleum industry in the public sector. Effective project management for developing new infrastructures and maintaining the existing facilities has been considered one of the means for remaining competitive in this business environment. However, present project management practices suffer from many shortcomings, as time, cost and quality non-achievements are part and parcel of almost every project. This study focuses on identifying the issues in managing projects of the organisation in the Indian petroleum sector with the involvement of the executives in a workshop environment. This also suggests some remedial measures for resolving those issues through identifying critical success factors and enablers. The enablers not only resolve the present issues but also ensure superior performance. These are analysed in a quantitative framework to derive improvement measures in project management practices.

Keywords: critical success factors; enablers; analytic hierarchy process; AHP; project management; petroleum industry; India; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2006.010516

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2006 Vol.3 No.6, pp.618 - 634

Published online: 27 Jul 2006 *

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