Essays on The Essentials of Construction Project Management Literature review

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The paper "The Essentials of Construction Project Management" is an outstanding example of a management literature review. Today both the public and private sectors are recognizing the construction management services as an effective and efficient method for the successful completion of construction projects. “ Construction management is a professional services discipline applied to the planning, design and construction process” (Construction Management Association of America (Owner’ s Guide), 5). According to CMAA “ Construction Managers (CM) address the needs of projects and owners by providing management services and expertise tailored to project needs and independent of the chosen contract format or project delivery method.

CMs apply and integrate comprehensive project controls to help manage the critical issues of time, cost, scope, quality and safety. The construction manager can be a firm, a team of firms, or an individual” (Owner’ s Guide, p 5-7). Review of Literature Attempts have been made by various researchers to study the various aspects of Construction Management. A brief review of literature has been done with a view to providing a synoptic view of their methodologies and findings. All the studies have been placed in chronological order. Managing Construction Projects The site manager or project manager plays a crucial role in the construction industry.

Site manager not only monitors the progress of the project but also oversee the administrative matters. A great deal of coordination, planning, and monitoring on the part of the project manager is necessary in order to manage the goals of cost, quality and safety. The project manager must be aware of the changes within a project. Different studies have been carried out to know the factors influencing the performance of construction project managers. The findings of some of the relevant studies have been mentioned below: Mustapha & Naoum (1998) “ identified the factors that influence the effectiveness of site managers.

The study examined the effect of personal variables, job conditions, project characteristics and organizational variables on the effectiveness of site managers. The study suggested that managerial effectiveness is mostly associated with personal variables and job conditions.  

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