A conceptual model for communication management for successful project delivery in Swaziland construction industry
- Authors: Mavuso, Nokulunga , Agumba, Justus N.
- Date: 2016
- Subjects: Communication , Construction , Factors , Management
- Language: English
- Type: Conference proceedings
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/92751 , uj:20266 , Citation: Mavuso N. & Agumba, J.N. 2016. A conceptual model for communication management for successful project delivery in Swaziland construction industry.
- Description: Abstract: This paper presents a literature discourseof existing literature on communication management to identify the variables that influence project success. Furthermore, the study proposes a conceptual model. The reviewed Iiteraturespanned a periodof nineyears from 2004 toJune 2013.Asystematics earch ingooglewas used. Fifteen articles were obtainedfrom the database.The articles were tabulated ina matrixto identify the core variables relevant to the study using content analysis.Seven communication management var iables were identified that are perceived to influence project success.These were: technology and systems, communication skills or competence,communications plan,teamwork & partnering,organizational structure,stakeholders'frame of references, and project briefing. Furthermore,a hypothesized model was proposed. The analysis is based on literature review only, hence a limitation in the study.The paper has identified critical success factors specific to communication management that influence project success. The study has further proposed a hypothesized conceptual model that is viewed as a panacea to improve communication and ultimately project success in Swaziland constructionindustry.
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Project communication within small and medium-sized construction firms
- Authors: Aidoo, B.M. , Aigbavboa, C.O. , Thwala, Wellington Didibhuku
- Date: 2015
- Subjects: Communication , Construction
- Language: English
- Type: Article
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/67499 , uj:17609 , Citation: Aidoo, B.M., Aigbavboa, C.O. & Thwala, W.D. 2015. Project communication within small and medium-sized construction firms.
- Description: Abstract: Communication is considered as a tool in the heart of management in enhancing project targets and Milestones not only in the construction sector but other sectors as well. The construction industry has however been characterized with its massive investment and associated risks. As a result, when main and sub-activities and tasks to be executed on project sites are not properly communicated among project teams and stakeholders, it will vehemently incur additional cost on the project, cause injury from accidents and may delay the entire project completion schedule amongst others. This exploratory study seek to establish the project communication structure used by construction SMEs and also to develop a pattern within the communication structure of SMEs that will avert uncertainties in a form of barriers to their communication. In order to accomplish the exploratory study, semi-structure interview sessions were conducted among construction professionals and clients via purposive sampling. The targeted population for the study was adequately prepared as a result of the prior notification for the interviews. Findings from the study revealed that most of the construction SMEs do not have established communication structure in their operations. Further, the SMEs only realized the need for a communication pattern when they encounter complex issues such as dispute on a claim with clients and stakeholders. The study recommends that prior to the execution of projects by SMEs, the communication lines must be clearly defined as well as the reporting a system with an in-depth briefing for all team members and stakeholders to be privy.
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