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Factors driving the career progression of construction project managers

Kofi Agyekum (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , Kumasi, Ghana)
Ernest Kissi (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , Kumasi, Ghana)
James Cofie Danku (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , Kumasi, Ghana)
Godslove Ampratwum (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , Kumasi, Ghana)
Gideon Selorm Amegatsey (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , Kumasi, Ghana)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 18 March 2020

Issue publication date: 28 October 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the factors that drive the career progression of construction project managers (CPM) in the Ghanaian construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the quantitative approach, the views of 80 CPMs working with D1 building construction firms were elicited using a structured questionnaire. Data was analysed using one-sample t-test, which was used to examine the relative significance of the variables. The mean scores, standard deviations and significance values (p-values) of each variable were used to examine the outcome of the survey.

Findings

The findings suggest that “existence of organizational support systems”, “ability to create identity”, “having an influential mentor and coach”, “accepting complicated and high visibility assignments” and “ability to gain managerial or leadership experience” are the key factors that drive the career progression of CPMs in Ghana.

Research limitations/implications

Findings from this study is limited to CPMs, specifically within the Ghanaian construction industry. This implies that with the fragmented nature of the construction industry, adopting these findings in construction settings within other countries may not yield the desired results, especially, if those countries do not share similar characteristics and context with Ghana.

Practical implications

Practically, this study highlights for the benefits of project managers (PM) (especially those in the construction industry) the key factors that drive their career progressions. Identification of these drivers offers the professionals with those factors to be prioritized when seeking to progress their careers in the construction industry.

Originality/value

Empirical research on the factors that drive the career progression of CPMs has not been fully examined in previous studies, though such studies in other sectors aside construction are prevalent. Hence, the identification of the drivers for career progression of construction PMs advances literature in the area and offers the professionals with those factors to be prioritized when seeking to progress their careers.

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Citation

Agyekum, K., Kissi, E., Danku, J.C., Ampratwum, G. and Amegatsey, G.S. (2020), "Factors driving the career progression of construction project managers", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 1773-1791. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-09-2019-0242

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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