Challenges in Project Management of Infrastructure Projects in Fiji

Singh, Hardeep (2018) Challenges in Project Management of Infrastructure Projects in Fiji. [USQ Project]

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Infrastructure is the link to economic growth of any nation. Fiji has seen tremendous progress in the construction industry, which is one of the main sectors that contribute to the national economy. However, the industry is tarnished by the existence of failure/abandoned projects, There are no concrete numbers on the percentage of projects that’s has failed in Fiji, but from experience it is very rare that projects are completed on time and within budget.

This research aims to study the challenges in project management of infrastructure projects in Fiji. The purpose of this thesis is to make a contribution to the existing knowledge of Project Management in developing countries like Fiji. It is an attempt to test the rationality and correctness of the day-to-day challenges faced by Project Mangers in Fiji and thereby propose necessary changes in present ideas or additional issues that need consideration in future.

The research will take an in-depth look at previous research identified through academic and industry literature. A questionnaire survey was developed and distributed to government and private companies within the engineering industry. The questionnaire was designed to obtain the opinions and experiences respondents had in relation to the challenges in project management of infrastructure projects in Fiji.

Results from the questionnaire suggest that constructability in engineering design and quality/experience of designers, statutory approvals and land acquisition process initiate over 70% of project management challenges. Results also suggest that longstanding arrangement between client and contractor, shortage of construction materials and equipment, migration of skied workers and inadequate trade labour availability and competency is encountered frequently by respondents. It was also found that in achieving the best practice in the Fiji Construction Industries, project manager should straighten their capability in term of knowledge, skills and personal characteristics. Project Managers in Fiji need to enhance their knowledge in construction management and contract laws, need to build up technical skills and ability to resolve technical problems.

An industry case study was carried out on two different infrastructure projects. The data was analysed, identifying major project management challenges. Results from these case studies validates the results obtained from questionnaire survey.

Using the information gather through the case studies and questionnaire survey, recommendations were developed to minimise the challenges in project management on future infrastructure projects. Achievements, limitations and potential future studies were also identified.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Mahmood, Nateque
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 00:00
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2022 05:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiji; infrastructure; project management

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