Project Management Techniques within the UK and Indian Construction Industry (2004)

Construction Industry Project Management Techniques – Project management is now well developed and well accepted as a domain for the exercise of professional expertise and as an area for academic research and discourse. Numerous methods and techniques of Project Management have been developed over the years, covering all aspects of managing projects from their initiation to their completion.

 During the last thirty years, a wide variety of project management techniques, methodologies, systems and tools have been developed. These tools initially addressed the “science” of scheduling and cost control, leading to the development of sophisticated software programs and tools. These tools have continued to evolve, keeping pace with advances in computing technologies.

Various “theories” and concepts evolved for defining, organizing, planning, reporting and controlling project scope, schedule, cost, quality, resources, and risks on projects. During the last ten years, additional developments have occurred associated with the human aspects of managing projects, such as communications, motivation and team building, leadership and conflict management. A robust set of project management principles and methodologies is now available worldwide.

There are now many books, software tools and other resources available. Those tools have been used with different levels of success by different organizations. Project management methodologies have arisen because of projects. Over the last twenty years, society everywhere seems to have an increasing “project orientation”. More projects are visible in all aspects of our lives. This is true in business, government, society at large and even in our personal lives.

Projects are now common and visible in all industries and enterprises. Projects can be huge, multi-national, billion dollar mega- projects involving thousands of persons and lasting for years; they can be small, single person individual projects completed in a few days; or anything in between. The report is divided into 5 Chapters.

Chapter 1 providing background information on Project Management, the various tools and techniques of Project Management and its relevance to the construction industry in India and UK. An overview of the construction industry is provided in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 comprises of the main research and studies from existing literature with particular emphasis on PM tools and its relevance to the construction industry. Chapter 4 describes the research methodology deployed for this research. In Chapter 5 the analysis and the findings of the survey is presented. The report ends with Chapter 6 where the discussion and the conclusion of the report are given with some recommendations for further research also presented.

  • 20,000 words – 100 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good in depth analysis
  • Well written throughout
  • Includes questionnaire
  • Ideal for construction and project management students

1: Introduction
Project Overview

2: Overview of the Construction Industry
Overview of the UK Construction Industry
Overview of the Indian Construction Industry

3: Literature Review
Chapter overview
Definition of Project Management
Functions of the project management in the construction industry
Relevance of Project Management tools in Construction Industry
Project Management tools
Definition and Description of Gantt Charts
Critical Assessment of Gantt Charts
Network Analysis Technique
Definition and Description of CPM
Critical Assessment of CPM
Definition and Description of PERT
Critical Assessment of PERT
Project Management Software
Microsoft Project
Implications of Cultural differences on Project Management approaches in UK and India
Previous Surveys on the use of Project Management tools and techniques

4: Research Methodology
Nature of Data gathered
Research Planning
Data Sources
Secondary Data Research
Primary Research
Exploratory research
Conclusive research
Primary Data Collection Techniques
Qualitative Research
Advantages of qualitative research
Disadvantages of qualitative research
Quantitative Research
Advantages of quantitative research
Disadvantages of quantitative research
Methods of Data Collection
Telephone interviews
What can questionnaires measure?
Pilot Testing
Target Organisations

5: Findings and Analysis
Theory of Questionnaire Analysis
Findings and Analysis of the UK based construction companies according to their sizes
Interviews conducted for the India based construction companies
Interviews Conducted for the UK based construction companies
Comparison of Findings and analysis of India and UK based construction companies

6: Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation
Recommendations for further research


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