Assessment On Practices Of Stakeholder Management In The Ethiopian Constuction Sector

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Addis Ababa University


The aim of this study is to develop an understanding of the theoretical basis and practical implementation of stakeholder management in the construction industry and to evaluate the awareness of stakeholder management amongst project managers in the construction industry in Ethiopia. Consequently, the focus of this study is the evaluation of stakeholder management practices and approaches practiced by project managers and assessment of the impact of stakeholder management on project success in the selected construction organizations that are recently functioning in Ethiopia. The research findings which have been summarized and presented in this study were carried out based on four local construction companies namely Rama Construction, MH Engineering, Bereket Tesfaye Consulting Architects & Engineers and Transport program Management Office (TPMO). For the reason that the prime purpose of the study is to investigate the stakeholder management experience of the designated institutions as practiced in their respective projects, this study has made use of descriptive method of research design. In the meantime, mixed research approach has been adopted to carry out the study. The target populations of this study are the project managers and resident engineers in the selected organizations who are working in Addis Ababa. Because the target population is smaller in number, it is a census study. Since the study mainly focused on those individuals who had experience with project stakeholder management, a non-probability purposive sampling technique was adopted. The findings of this project highlight the importance of stakeholder management in construction projects. The results of the survey show that most respondents advocate that effective stakeholder management is a critical factor in the achievement of both hard and soft project success criteria. The outcomes of the survey of project managers in the construction industry in Ethiopia, particularly in the selected four companies, considered the majority of analysis and engagement methods as effective. The particular method adopted is often dependent on the characteristics of the project and stakeholders. But as seen from the results, almost half of the respondents did not document the stakeholder information in Stakeholder Register nor use stakeholder management software. The results suggest construction project managers in Ethiopia lack the implementation to undertake stakeholder management processes in accordance with a standardized methodology. According to the result, most Project managers in the Ethiopian construction sector are aware of stakeholder management and its significance to project success but their position on project stakeholder management (PSM) is very wavering and unreliable. In addition to this, project stakeholder management efforts are not being supported by the allocation of adequate funds and other non-financial assistances. Finally, the new knowledge of stakeholders’ influence strategies and better understanding of how construction projects can deal with stakeholder influences supports project managers in the development of effective project stakeholder management approaches. :



Project Stakeholders, Project Stakeholders Management, Project Success