Stella Wangare Kimani, Dr. Mary Kamaara


Project Management best practices institutionalization in both public and private sectors play a critical role in success of projects. Cases of project failure and poor management practices continue to be reported despite many studies having been done highlighting areas that have been weighed and found wanting. These studies have made various recommendations but improvements with regards to institutionalizing best practices in project management remain insignificant especially in the public sector. This study sought to establish the influence of project management practices on project success of housing projects in Kenya. The study focused on to examine how risk management influences success of housing projects in Kenya and also establish the extent to which scope management influences success of housing projects in Kenya. The study adopted descriptive survey design. The study population comprises of 4678 project managers, architects and site foremen at this housing construction site. Primary data was collected using semi-structured questionnaire. Pilot study was conducted in to test validity and reliability. Quantitative data was analyzed descriptively using frequencies, Mean, Standard deviation and percentage while Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient and Multiple linear regression analysis with aid of SPSS version 25 was used to generate inferential statistics. The data was presented in form of tables. Qualitative data was analyzed using content analysis. The findings of this study are useful to top executives, project managers, donors, project management staff and project beneficiaries. This study also enriches the literature that is currently available on how best to institutionalize project management best practices and extend the horizons of knowledge in the discipline of project management. The study concludes that stakeholder management has a significant effect on success of housing projects in Kenya. The study also concludes that scope management has a significant effect on success of housing projects in Kenya. From the findings, this study recommends that the organization should implement an integrated stakeholder engagement, transparency, accountability, crisis management and continuous improvement in housing projects in Kenya. In addition, the organization should prioritize in comprehensive risk assessment and mitigate strategies tailored to the local context.

Key words: Stakeholder Management, Scope Management, success of Housing projects 

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