What Impacts the Performance of Large-Scale Government Projects?

Peerasit Patanakul, Young Hoon Kwak, Ofer Zwikael and Min Liu

What Impacts the Performance of Large-Scale Government Projects?

International Journal of Project Management

Government projects and programs contribute to national growth at a great magnitude. However, records show that they are not well managed, even when project teams follow established project management principles.

Literature suggests that one size does not fit all and tailored project management approaches structured according to project characteristics can improve performance. As a result, this study aimed at identifying key characteristics of government projects and programs, and recommending how they can be used to improve performance.

This paper analyzed 39 public projects undertaken in the U.S., UK and Australia and reviewed officially by the national audit offices and government agencies, including the Los Angeles Metro, London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and the fatal Australia’s Homeowner Insulation Program.

Based on this analysis the paper suggests six key characteristics, 17 practical recommendations, and six research propositions. These findings can support government project managers to utilize project management approaches according to project characteristics.

This paper can support policy makers and government officials in improving the approaches for the management of government projects and programs.

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