Date of Award
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Riyad Aly Mohammed Eid
The UAE has invested and continues to invest in mega projects as part of its strategic vision to become one of the best countries in the world, paying great attention to building and developing state-of-the-art infrastructure and services. Several studies have confirmed that project success has not improved significantly and that a large number of projects fail, despite improvements in terms of applied project management processes, tools, and techniques. This research aims to discover the factors that impact the success of mega projects in the UAE context in terms of maintaining and sustaining their successful implementation. Four success factors were identified from the literature: project mission, project management capabilities, project team capabilities, and top management support. In addition, this study explores the impact of the application of project management practices on project success. A survey questionnaire was developed, and a total of 173 responses were collected from managers and executives involved in megaprojects. Multiple regression analysis indicated that both top management support and project mission were found to be significant factors in project success. The results also indicated that project management practices have a significant impact on the success of megaprojects and that some practices have a greater impact than others. Furthermore, the findings confirm that two project management practices which are procurement management practices and time management practices, significantly influence project success in the UAE context. This is the first empirical study to investigate the success of mega projects in the UAE to broaden and refine our understanding of this important topic. The study also provides a comprehensive definition of project success and empirically tests this concept which includes all the project success dimensions. The research advances knowledge of project success to generate a better understanding of the factors that impact project success in the UAE mega project context. The practical implications of this research are that great attention should be paid to top management support and project mission; certain project management practices are also crucial, specifically procurement management and time management practices
Shaheen AlBeshr, AbdulHameed Ismail Ali, "DETERMINANTS OF MEGA PROJECTS SUCCESS IN THE UAE" (2019). Dissertations. 109.