The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects

dc.contributor.advisorMassyn, Mark
dc.contributor.authorMavundla, Lungisa H
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-12T08:03:27Z
dc.date.available2021-02-12T08:03:27Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.date.updated2021-02-12T05:18:55Z
dc.description.abstractProject governance sets the guidelines and operational framework that dictates how decisions should be made during the project process to increase the prospects of successful project delivery. Understanding a project governance mechanism and its complexities and resolving challenges in the application of project governance practices are steps in the right direction to effectively entrenching a project governance mechanism in the organization's projects. This research probes the role of governance in the management of projects. The research followed a qualitative approach using case study method. Questionnaires and document reviews were used as data collection tools. Case data was collected from 6 interviewees and 6 completed projects. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. The research revealed that PRASA entrenches a governance framework for its projects at different levels of the organization. PRASA follows a standardized structure and work methods that are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) framework of standards and best practices. The format of the project governance framework to a high degree adheres to the recommendations made by the project governance literature, with various roles and responsibilities such as the sponsor, steering committee, project management office, and a project manager. The application of the governance framework on the projects was found to be similarly applied in the projects reviewed. While certain processes and mechanisms to facilitate the application of a governance mechanism exist, various factors were found to hamper the practical application of the governance framework. Large project steering committee with limited decision making powers, substantial dependence on contractors for project management know-how, long procurement process cycle were some of the factors found to hamper effective application of the governance framework. The research concludes that the limitations in the existing framework as well as the challenges to effective application of the framework are thought to contribute to projects that are late and over budget.
dc.identifier.apacitationMavundla, L. H. (2020). <i>The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects</i>. (). ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Construction Economics and Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32824en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationMavundla, Lungisa H. <i>"The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects."</i> ., ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Construction Economics and Management, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32824en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationMavundla, L.H. 2020. The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects. . ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Construction Economics and Management. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32824en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Master Thesis AU - Mavundla, Lungisa H AB - Project governance sets the guidelines and operational framework that dictates how decisions should be made during the project process to increase the prospects of successful project delivery. Understanding a project governance mechanism and its complexities and resolving challenges in the application of project governance practices are steps in the right direction to effectively entrenching a project governance mechanism in the organization's projects. This research probes the role of governance in the management of projects. The research followed a qualitative approach using case study method. Questionnaires and document reviews were used as data collection tools. Case data was collected from 6 interviewees and 6 completed projects. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. The research revealed that PRASA entrenches a governance framework for its projects at different levels of the organization. PRASA follows a standardized structure and work methods that are based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) framework of standards and best practices. The format of the project governance framework to a high degree adheres to the recommendations made by the project governance literature, with various roles and responsibilities such as the sponsor, steering committee, project management office, and a project manager. The application of the governance framework on the projects was found to be similarly applied in the projects reviewed. While certain processes and mechanisms to facilitate the application of a governance mechanism exist, various factors were found to hamper the practical application of the governance framework. Large project steering committee with limited decision making powers, substantial dependence on contractors for project management know-how, long procurement process cycle were some of the factors found to hamper effective application of the governance framework. The research concludes that the limitations in the existing framework as well as the challenges to effective application of the framework are thought to contribute to projects that are late and over budget. DA - 2020_ DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Project Management LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2020 T1 - The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects TI - The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32824 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/32824
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationMavundla LH. The role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects. []. ,Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment ,Department of Construction Economics and Management, 2020 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/32824en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Construction Economics and Management
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.subjectProject Management
dc.titleThe role of governance in the success of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) projects
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationlevelMSc
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