Evaluating the effect of motivational dimensions on the construction project managers in Jordan

Mohammed Shurrab (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan)
Ghaleb Abbasi (University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Razan Al Khazaleh (University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 16 April 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Construction organizations and companies are concerned with the motivational factors of the project managers that influence the project success. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to use a questionnaire based on five Likert-scales to identify and investigate the importance of the motivational dimensions on the construction project managers in Jordan

Design/methodology/approach

Therefore, this study aims at using a questionnaire based on five Likert-scales to identify and investigate the importance of the motivational dimensions on the construction project managers in Jordan. The six motivational dimensions were interpersonal interaction, task, general working conditions, empowerment, personal development, and compensation. Hypotheses testing were also developed to study the influence of both the characteristics of the project manager and the characteristic of the project on the motivational dimensions.

Findings

The results showed that the construction project managers in Jordan were motivated more by compensation and personal development. Moreover, the level of education for the project manager was positively related to the motivation by task. It was also noticed that the project manager, who had higher experience, was motivated more by empowerment. The study is valuable in providing important information for the construction organizations in Jordan to actively influence the construction project managers’ motivation.

Originality/value

The urgent needs for increasing project managers’ motivation is the major concern for organizations and companies. Increasing the project managers’ motivation has a major influence on increasing the project success rate and productivity. Construction sector is typically country’s most important asset economically and socially. Currently, no studies were shown to investigate the construction project manager’s motivation in Jordan. This study is, therefore, aims to evaluate the factors that influence the construction project manager’s motivation in Jordan based on content and process motivational theories’ perspectives. This research also utilizes the motivational factors instrument to test its validity in Jordan construction sector.

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Citation

Shurrab, M., Abbasi, G. and Al Khazaleh, R. (2018), "Evaluating the effect of motivational dimensions on the construction project managers in Jordan", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 412-424. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-01-2017-0001

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