This paper explores the UK industrial professionals perspective on how could project management and project planning be improved.

Project Management (PM) and Project Planning (PP) have been categorised as a key part in delivering successful projects. Equally, PM and PP have been criticised by researchers that the tools and techniques available to a practitioner are insufficient to deliver success construction projects.

Researchers have concentrated much effort on the critical success factors and problems on why projects fail but there is less effort on how these could be improved.

This study explores the UK industrial professionals perspective on how could project management and project planning be improved. A qualitative approach was used as the study attempts to have a better understanding a specific research problem. 

A total of 41 senior practitioners who are involved in PM and PP were interviewed, which included senior members of London Olympic 2012 project team. The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data collected were coded and analysed using content analysis.

The study findings identified a total of 30 themes as the required industrial improvements. The improvement themes include knowledge, experience and competence, project review meeting, collaborative planning, and levels in planning details.

The findings of the study contribute to the construction management literature and also enable researcher to streamline their research to address the improvement requirement.



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