The African Project Failure Syndrome: The Conundrum of Project Management Knowledge Base—The Case of SADC

The African Project Failure Syndrome: The Conundrum of Project Management Knowledge Base—The Case of SADC

Author: 
Rwelamila, Pantaleo D.
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2014
Record type: 
Responsibility: 
Ssegawa, Joseph K., jt. author
Journal Title: 
Journal of African Business
Source: 
Journal of African Business, Vol 15, No. 3, September-December 2014, pp. 211-224
Abstract: 

The authors assess the adequacy of the content of current graduate programs in project management offered in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries to verify their sufficiency in training competent project managers. They adopted the findings of a previous study that identified project management themes critical for inclusion in the curricula of graduate programs. Detailed contents of graduate programs were solicited from SADC countries that offer project management for analysis. Of the seven programs analyzed, only one was considered moderately adequate as according to the defined measurement. Most of the programs lacked an adequate exploitation of the so-called “soft issues” relating to project management. The value of the article is two-fold. First, it emphasizes that having a competent project manager begins with the development of appropriate inputs to the training process. Second, the results of the article provide an indication of a prevalent gap in the programs analyzed.

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CITATION: Rwelamila, Pantaleo D.. The African Project Failure Syndrome: The Conundrum of Project Management Knowledge Base—The Case of SADC . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2014. Journal of African Business, Vol 15, No. 3, September-December 2014, pp. 211-224 - Available at: http://library.au.int/african-project-failure-syndrome-conundrum-project-management-knowledge-base—-case-sadc-2