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Competencies required by project managers for housing construction in Ghana: Implications for CPD agenda

D.K. Ahadzie (Centre for Settlements Studies, Institute of Human Settlement Research, College of Architecture and Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
D.G. Proverbs (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
P.O. Olomolaiye (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
N.A. Ankrah (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 3 July 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to delineate “senior managers'” perception of the competencies required by project managers (PMs) in Ghana for mass house building projects (MHBPs) and to discuss the implication of the findings for professional training and development.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on a well‐acclaimed organizational psychology theory of job performance, a structured questionnaire survey was used to elicit data from managing directors (MDs) of homebuilders belonging to the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA). The data were analyzed using multiple regression techniques (stepwise)

Findings

Of 64 competencies operationalised, seven are perceived to be important.

Originality/value

The findings provide PMs in Ghana an understanding of the competency profile their superiors (i.e. MDs) use in judging their performance. This should therefore help the PMs to align their professional development towards improving their skills on these competencies. Homebuilders can also apply the findings to make an informed and objective judgement in the profiling, recruitment and maintenance of PMs who have the appropriate skills and competencies. The implication of the findings for developing a continuing professional development (CPD) agenda in the Ghanaian mass house building industry is discussed. The discourse provides useful lessons for the construction industry in developing countries such as those in the sub‐Saharan African (SSA) Region.

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Citation

Ahadzie, D.K., Proverbs, D.G., Olomolaiye, P.O. and Ankrah, N.A. (2009), "Competencies required by project managers for housing construction in Ghana: Implications for CPD agenda", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 353-375. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980910970842

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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