Author: Dr. David Ackah, PhD
Training & Development Faculty Member
Faculty of Competency-Based Training & Learning
Institute of Project Management Professionals
Project management is driven by cost minimization, on-time project delivery, quality project deliverables, and stakeholder satisfaction. As a result, the demand for increased project management effectiveness in the early phase of the project process to enhance the project success rates and decrease project failure rates is increasing among project professionals. The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to evaluate the relationship between project management effectiveness and project success based upon responses from a sample comprised of 110 project managers from the Project Management Institute Consulting Community of Practice (PMI-CCoP). The study, which was informed by the scientific management and strategic management theory, used 2 existing valid and reliable survey instruments, the Project Management Effectiveness Construct and the Project Success Assessment Questionnaire, to collect the data. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was used to evaluate the correlation between project management effectiveness and project success. Statistically significant (p < .001) and strong positive correlations (Pearson’s r ranging from 0.51 to 0.72) were found between both measures of project management effectiveness and all four measures of project success. This study provides strong evidence that among project managers who are members of the PMI-CCoP, greater project management effectiveness is correlated with greater project success. From a positive social change perspective, these findings may help to advance project management knowledge. The results also may assist organizational leaders to achieve greater project success through improvements in project management.
Keywords: Project Management Methods, Methodologies, Project Management Practitioners