International Journal of Innovative Social Sciences & Humanities Research 3(1):82-101, Jan-Mar. 2015 (ISSN: 2354-2926)



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INFLUENCE OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY ON THE PERFORMANCE OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN NAIROBI COUNTY


KINUTHIA, George Ngugi& Dr. Susan WERE
1M.Sc. Scholar Project Management,
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
2Lecturer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
Email of corresponding author:enicehum@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
The overall objective of this study was to investigate the influence of project management software technology on the performance of construction projects in Nairobi County. This study adopted a descriptive research design. The study targeted 1,391 registered contractors within Nairobi. Stratified and systematic random sampling was employed to obtain a sample of 139 respondents. The study employed questionnaire as the data instrument which comprised of open and closed ended questions. Primary data was collected and analyzed using quantitative and qualitative techniques and then presented using narratives, tables and graphs. Secondary data was obtained from journals, magazines, internet and textbooks. Data collected was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 21. Descriptive statistics and inferential statistics such as Pearson’s correlation and Multiple Regression analysis were used. The study found out that majority of construction companies recognise the need to move to a higher level of project management maturity. Companies that fully understand and leverage the project management software have a higher propensity to achieve project success. Additionally, the study established that many projects fail due to failure to utilize the appropriate project management software to manage the budget, schedule, project activities and labour. The study recommends that project management software training should be adopted in an organization and should be transformative in order to help employees share and support organizational vision, mission and goals. Likewise, the study recommends that organizations should come up with work policies that ensure that strategies adopted in response to project management software technology do not conflict with government policies and regulations.
Key Words: construction industry, project management, software technology