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Government project failure in Ghana: a multidimensional approach

Damoah, IS and Akwei, CA (2017) Government project failure in Ghana: a multidimensional approach. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 10 (1). pp. 32-59. ISSN 1753-8378

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Purpose – This study assesses the extent of failure within Ghanaian government projects
using multiple failure criteria.
Design/methodology/approach – This study used a sequential data collection approach by employing an in-depth semi-structured interview and questionnaire respectively. Based on insight from the literature review, interviews were held with participants to solicit their perceptions about the failure of Ghanaian government projects. A questionnaire was developed based on the results from the interviews in order to determine the relative importance of the various failure criteria used as the evaluation tool.
Findings – Six main criteria were identified and used as the assessment framework for
Ghanaian government project failure. The findings indicated that Ghanaian government
projects fail on all the six failure criteria; however, the extent of failure differs from criterion to criterion. The worst failure criterion is meeting the projected timescale. This is followed by cost, requirement, stakeholder satisfaction, national development and contribution to the sector where projects are implemented respectively.
Practical implications – From this study, government project practitioners and policy makers will be able identify the failure areas (criteria) on which to focus during government project implementation.
Originality/value – Though extant literature has been devoted to the success/failure criteria, attention has not been paid to comparison of the extent of failure within these criteria in government projects. Therefore, this study extends the literature in this regard as well as government project failure literature in general.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 12 Built Environment And Design, 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 10:25
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:57
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/IJMPB-02-2016-0017
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3558
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