PMO In Construction Firms – Is It Really Needed? (2019)

PMO in Construction Firms Dissertation – A Project Management Office (PMO) is not a new phenomenon and has been around for some time, however, trends indicate that this management tool is gaining traction and is being more widely used on mega projects in the construction industry. The debate about whether a PMO is effective or ineffective is still ongoing and this research was undertaken to highlight what makes a PMO effective, and if a PMO should be implemented on construction projects.

Questionnaires and interviews were conducted with mixed data collection methods which comprise of a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to understand what makes a PMO effective. This dissertation aims to establish and assess how effective a PMO is, and what level of value it brings to a project through an in-depth review of two case studies. The strengths/advantages and weaknesses/disadvantages of the PMO attributes will thus be highlighted.

The dissertation also highlighted that projecting planning, clear scope definition, adequate resources and training and Client buy-in were essential elements of an effective PMO as indicated in the conclusion chapter.

Dissertation objectives

  • To investigate what types of PMOs exist, their structure, roles and responsibilities, advantages and disadvantages within the construction industry.
  • To compare outcomes and legacy failures of a project where the PMO was appointed and not appointed.
  • To find out what makes an effective PMO in the construction industry and whether a PMO should be implemented, and if this type of project management tool can sustain itself in the future.
  • 12,000 words – 60 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Excellent of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for construction project management students

1 – Introduction
Background and Rationale of the Research
Dissertation Layout

2 – Literature Review
Defining the PMO
Different Types of Project Management Offices
Types of Organizational PMOs
PMO Framework
What are the expectations that a PMO must fulfil?
Who works in the PMO?
Role and Responsibilities of a PMO
Advantages, benefits and value of implementing a PMO
Disadvantages of a PMO
Reasons for implementing a PMO
Challenges facing a PMO
How to measure PMOs success?
Sustaining the PMO

3 – Research Methodology
Research approach
Research strategy
Data collection method
Data Analysis
Questionnaire design
Overview of the interview
Sampling method and sample size

4 – Research Findings and Discussion
Findings and discussion
Questionnaires respondents’ profile
Understanding of the roles and responsibilities in the PMO
Reasons for a PMOs success or failure
Participants understanding of an effective PMO

5 – Conclusions and Recommendations
Research Limitations
Future Studies



PMO in Construction Firms Final Year Dissertation
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