The Impact of Project Management Maturity Levels on Project Success in the Construction and Engineering Industry in Bahrain

The Impact of Project Management Maturity Levels on Project Success in the Construction and Engineering Industry in Bahrain

Aysha Aljawder (Military Works Directorate and University of Bahrain, Bahrain) and Allam Mohammed Hamdan (Ahlia University, Bahrain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9639-4.ch020
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Project management is a complex undertaking with many stages and processes. It should follow the full business life cycle from definition and justification of the project through to delivering demonstrable benefits for the company. Nowadays, more and more organizations adjust their organizational culture towards project orientation. There is a big challenge, for each organization, to continually improve its project management processes to increase quality of outputs and satisfaction of customers. Measuring project management implementation maturity can assist in this effort by providing a valuable framework for performance improvement. The construction and engineering industry in Bahrain has witnessed many technological advances recently that require competent project management.
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Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2001 6th ed) expresses maturity as “the state of being fully grown or developed”. When the latter definition is applied to a project it could imply a particular situation where an organization has procedures in a place that will help it in achieving its given objectives. It can be that some organizations are considered mature if that organization is in a situation to deal impeccably with the given projects (Pretorius et al, 2011).

The nature of work is changing and along with it the demand for project managers is swelling. The practice of project management has been demonstrated in the traditional project-based industries, such as aerospace and information technology (IT), and the demand is growing in the energy and constructions (Hodgson & Cicmil, 2006; Project Management Institute [PMI], 2014, n.d.). Over the last decade, (Gan & Chin, 2019) argued, PM education and project management professional (PMP) certification has increased tremendously. It is projected that between the years of 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be added around the world across seven project demanding industries which are Manufacturing, Business Services, Finance & Insurance, Oil & Gas, Information Services, Constructions, and lastly, Utilities” (PMI, 2013, p. 2).

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