Title: Effect of project managers' skills on construction project delivery

Authors: Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke; Alexander Ejiro Omoraka; Ibukun Ayeni

Addresses: Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, South Africa ' Department of Quantity Surveying, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria ' Department of Quantity Surveying, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

Abstract: Managers' skills are important requirement in managing construction projects, and as an effective manager, it is the vital responsibility of the project manager to ascertain that work efforts of other participants are guided toward the accomplishment of organisational objectives. The main aim of this study was to assess project managers' skills with a view to determining their effects on performance of construction projects. Data were collected with the aid of questionnaire administered on construction professionals. The results revealed communication, organisational and budgeting skills as the top three skills exhibited by project managers in project management (PM). Furthermore, architects and builders were revealed to exhibit most of the top three skills identified. The study therefore suggested Architects and Builders as the best professionals to carry out project manager's duties on construction projects in the absence of a trained personnel. The study also revealed a poor level of concordance between the PM skills exhibited by the four professionals considered. Finally, project managers' skills were revealed to have a significant effect on time, team and cost performance of construction projects.

Keywords: Kendall's coefficient of concordance; level of agreement; level of significance; project management; PM; project managers' skills; project performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2017.084196

International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2017 Vol.16 No.2, pp.107 - 130

Available online: 19 May 2017 *

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