Phyllis Mbutu Kinyanjui, Prof. Patrick Karanja Ngugi (PhD), Dr. Kepha Ombui (Ph.D)


The purpose of this study was to establish the relationship between project team selection and performance of government construction projects in Kenya and the moderating role of resource mobilization on the relationship. The study was guided by project management competency theory. The study used a cross sectional research design.  The unit of observation was the project managers while the unit of analysis was the construction projects in the ministry of transport, infrastructure, housing and urban development. Simple random sampling was used to select 178 construction project that formed the sample size. Data was collected using semi- structured questionnaire. After the data was collected, it was subjected to editing, handling blank responses, coding categorizing and keyed into statistical package for social science computer software for analysis version 24. The study adopted descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The data was presented using tables, charts and graphs. The study found that there was significant corresponding change in project performance for change in project team selection. Based on the findings, it can be concluded that project team selection had a positive and significant relationship with performance of construction projects in Kenya. Further it was established that resource mobilization had an influence on project performance and it is very essential during project commencement meaning it was good moderator to moderate the relationship between project initiation practices and project performance.  The study recommends the need to conduct an effective process of selecting the project team to ensure the right project team is selected.  The study recommended that future research should be carried out to focus on other categories of projects, which are also essential in economic growth and development. A similar study should be carried out to assess other factors that could be missing in the performance of the construction projects.

Key Words: project team selection, project initiation practices, government construction projects

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