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Project planning in the Fijian government

Zwikael, O. and Pathak, Raghuvar D. and Singh, Gurmeet and Ahmed, Shamsuddin (2013) Project planning in the Fijian government. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Project planning is considered to be critical for project success. However, recent literature questions whether planning has similar importance in various contexts. This paper investigates the effectiveness of planning through an analysis of 183 project manager-supervisor dyads. Participants in this study consist of employees of four Fijian government ministries. Results show that the level of risk moderates the impact of planning on success, and in different ways for various success measures. Practical implications of these results suggest project managers to have more emphasis on planning in high risk project situations in order to meet project efficiency, whereas project steering committees to be more involved in approving plans of low risk projects to support benefit realization. While project managers tend to use planning tools regardless of risk levels, they may benefit from using more advanced planning tools in high risk projects and for short term predictable periods. In particular, this behavior will contribute to enhanced project efficiency, which is a common measure to evaluate project managers’ work. Organizations, on the other hand, may become more actively involved in low risk projects. This approach may specifically support project effectiveness, e.g., by focusing on planning the realization of target benefits. Senior executives can provide additional resources and specialized teams for project planning, as well as ensure project benefit realization plans are properly discussed and approved by project steering committees. Key Words: Project planning, risk, Fijian government

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Project planning, risk, Fijian government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)
Depositing User: Gurmeet Singh
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 02:46
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 23:53

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