Project management critical success factors in the Environmental Remediation Engineering and Consulting Industry

by Moretti, Oscar L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 189 pages; 3372247


The purpose of this study was to determine the critical project management success factors in the Environmental Remediation Engineering and Consulting Industry. Project management and the environmental remediation are intimately related as the one-time only nature of remediation work is particularly suited to be done through projects. Although there have been great advances in the project management body of knowledge during the last 50 years, project failures, delays, and disappointments are much too common to be ignored, since most projects fail to meet time and budget goals, and many projects fail to meet their business objectives (Shenhar & Dvir, 2007).

The study was a causal exploration using descriptive, correlation, and regression statistical analyses to investigate the relationship that certain factors have with project success in the environmental remediation engineering and consulting industry. The sampling instrument was a self-administered survey/questionnaire, delivered and collected via e-mail and dedicated Web site. This instrument used a multiple measure of environmental project success consisting of the one developed by Pinto (1986); with the addition of constructs regarding environmental regulatory, health and safety, and public relations requirements which were also found important for measuring success in the environmental industry.

The main findings of the study were that project critical success factors that are important for the successful implementation of environmental industry projects are no different from those found in the literature relevant to successful implementation of projects in general. What was different was the perceived order of importance. The measurement of project success in the environmental industry should include, in addition to traditional measures of project success found in the literature, specific constructs found to be important for measuring success in environmental projects.

These findings provide academic institutions and private organizations with useful information for the development, design, and implementation of project management training in general, and specifically for the environmental industry where it could provide guidance to environmental project managers seeking self development in their field.

AdviserPerry Haan
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Environmental engineering
Publication Number3372247

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