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An Investigation into Project Management Challenges in the Irish Public Transport Sector

Gormally, Denise (2022) An Investigation into Project Management Challenges in the Irish Public Transport Sector. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Public transport is one of the most critical services for Ireland. It enables people to seek employment, increases health and well-being, it supports trade and provides opportunities for growth that otherwise would not be realised. As a country it is something that can be taken for granted, but if taken away would be detrimental. The National Development Plan recently outlined that €8.6bn has been allocated to environmentally sustainable public transport systems for Ireland. The need to continually provide advancements in this area is important, whether that be for improved connectivity, sustainability, or other reasons. Delivering the types of large projects that the state is currently undertaking like Bus Connects, Metrolink and Dart Plus can be challenging. Complicated projects of this nature have been known to fail worldwide.

Using a qualitative research methodology, this study focuses on project management challenges that can occur in large state funded projects and provides some recommendations on how these can be avoided. The findings show that the role of the project manager, risk management and governance are the salient areas. Other areas like “Complexity, ambition and size” and “Deliverability” emerged as challenges from the primary data. The study also compared some of the nuances between the public and private sector to determine if one is better suited than the other, in delivering largescale projects. The public sector was found to be better equipped, because of the governance structures already in place and the stakeholder connections previously established. “Public ownership of public funds” was also cited as important.

The recommendations include, introducing a centralised project management office, transitioning from risk management to risk leadership, providing specific training on project management practises in the public sector and a review of the public procurement process with a view to simplifying.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government > Public Sector
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications > Urban Transportation
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 12:53
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2022 12:53

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