Laureen Kabogo Wairimu, Prof. Patrick Ngugi


This study assessed the relationship between project management practices and performance of road projects in Nairobi City County in Kenya. More specifically, the study examined the influence of two key project management practices, namely, project cost management, and project team management on the performance of roads projects in Nairobi City County in Kenya. A descriptive research design was used in the study. A census research method was used to study all the fifty-one (target population) road projects under KeNHA and KURA over the eight years’ period between 2008 and 2013. Questionnaires were the primary data collection instruments. A pilot study, equivalent to 10% of the target population was conducted to test the reliability and validity of the data collection instruments. Data was collected from 102 project managers and project engineers from the two government institutions, KeNHA and KURA. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected. The collected data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS V 28.0). Spreadsheets were applied to complement the SPSS software in data analysis and presentation of results. The study concludes that Project Cost Management has a positive and significant effect on the performance of roads projects in Nairobi City County in Kenya. In addition, the study concludes that Project Team Management has a positive and significant effect on the performance of roads projects in Nairobi City County in Kenya. From the findings, this study recommends that the management of roads projects in Nairobi City County should put into consideration project budgeting & allocation, cost estimation of funds and disbursement of funds in the process of Project Cost Management and consider multi-donor approach and private sector participation in funding of roads projects. In addition, PMP certification for road engineers is recommended and upscaling of attachment to engineering consultancy firms for junior engineers.

Key Words: Project management practices, Project cost management, Project team management, Performance, Roads projects 

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