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

Daniel F. Ofori, Robert Hinson
Acta Commercii | Vol 4, No 1 | a56 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v4i1.56 | © 2004 Daniel F. Ofori, Robert Hinson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 December 2004 | Published: 05 December 2004

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Daniel F. Ofori, University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
Robert Hinson, University of Ghana Business School, Ghana

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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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