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Critical success factors for local government project stakeholder management

Charles Amoatey (Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota, Ghana)
Mawuena Vincent Kodzo Hayibor (Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota, Ghana)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Publication date: 11 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the critical success factors (CSFs) for effective project stakeholder management at the local government level in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used data from questionnaires administered to project stakeholders for identifying and ranking CSFs.

Findings

The study identified the top five CSFs for stakeholder management at the local government level in Ghana to be: communicating with and engaging stakeholders; identifying stakeholders properly; formulating a clear project mission statement; keeping and promoting good relationships; and analyzing stakeholder conflicts and coalitions.

Research limitations/implications

Generalization of the findings should be done with caution since the scope of data collection was limited to district assemblies in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. Nevertheless the results of the study are, however, useful and indicative and can lend direction to future research.

Practical implications

This paper has contributed to the growing body of knowledge related to CSFs for local government projects. The results should help understand factors which are of priority to stakeholders when assessing their involvement in projects. Further, the findings could form the basis for competency development of local government personnel in specific areas where improvements are required.

Originality/value

The paper identified CSFs for effective project stakeholder management at the local level. Most studies on critical factors in project environments have focused on CSFs and project success and thus this study delves into an area which has not received much attention in the literature.

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Citation

Amoatey, C. and Hayibor, M.V.K. (2017), "Critical success factors for local government project stakeholder management", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 143-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-07-2016-0030

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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