Construction professionals and project management competencies in Nigeria

Deji Ogunsemi, Olukayode Oyediran, Damilola Ekundayo

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Project in construction covers several areas of specialisation; hence the need for a competent, independent person or firm well trained and certified to carry out this comparatively new expanding role of project management based on knowledge and skills in the relevant discipline. This study was carried out to seek the opinions of the respondents and to determine the gap in project management competencies by determining the competencies of the various construction industry professionals involved in project management services. Data were collected from eighty construction stakeholders drawn from architecture, quantity surveying, estate surveying, building, civil engineering, clients and contractor organisations and were analysed using mean item score (MIS) and the Kruskal Wallis H test. The result showed that all the respondents believed that the quantity surveyor was the most competent, with 79% training in basic, core and optional competencies. The builder and estate surveyor came second with 78% each. The architect came fourth with 76% while the civil engineer came fifth with 70% training in project management competencies. The paper concludes that to be a competent project manager in the Nigerian Construction Industry, the listed construction industry professionals should undertake training in diverse areas lacking in their academic background and seek a balance of all the appropriate knowledge and skills as listed in the handbook of Masters in Project Management of the University of Lagos and the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-11
JournalJournal of Construction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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