Commercial Project Management Dissertation Abstracts

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  • Practicability of Negotiation Theories (Especially Principled Negotiation) in the Middle East; Student: Salman El Doeihy; Supervisor: Peter Fenn

    This dissertation studies the practicability of negotiation theories, especially concerning the Middle East. Firstly, the evolution of negotiation theories and how people throughout history considered negotiations is viewed, then principled negotiation (arguably the best novel way to negotiate), is discussed. Finally, the dissertation examines whether principled negotiation is easily practiced in the Middle East through many examples in which negotiation is being processed e.g. the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the Iranian nuclear case, and the terrorists’ case.

    It is found that principled negotiation is very far from being practiced in the Middle East, since it is a western product, and this theory assumes everyone thinks like westerners do, therefore cultural differences present the biggest barrier in practicing this theory. The dissertation proposes solutions in order to demolish the barriers of the practicality of this negotiation theory in the Middle East. The dissertation concludes by linking the findings to project management regarding the barriers that are present in current political situations, which should be removed. These are present in commercial projects and affect the work of project managers, who are the ones responsible for resolving any conflict occurring in the project, through negotiation.

  • Investigation the Effectiveness of Procurement Management in Costain Group; Student: Yernar Kenbayev; Supervisor: Mehmood Alam

    For many years, the role of the procurement function in organisations was underestimated. The main aim of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of procurement procedures in Costain Group, a UK-based leading company in construction and provision of complex engineering solutions. In order to achieve the outlined aim, the dissertation intends to: 1) Study the main building blocks of procurement management; 2) Assess the current procurement processes and procedures in Costain Group; 3) Investigate the Company’s policy regarding buyer-supplier relationships and how this affects project performance; 4) Examine how Costain deals with current challenges, such as delivering sustainability in procurement management. The empirical research is based on collection and analysis of primary data through interactions with procurement specialists. The secondary data involved are from reviews of existing literature, as well as Costain Group’s available reports and documentation. Primary data helps to understand current procurement management in Costain Group, whereas secondary data gives fundamental knowledge of procurement management. Therefore, the comparison of theory vs. practice gave an opportunity to adequately assess current procurement management undertaken in Costain Group. This research concluded with observations and recommendations that should be taken into consideration for improvement current procurement effectiveness in Costain Group.

  • Private Finance 2–PF2 building on the lessons learned from the UK PFI procurement system; Student: Ruijun Liu; Supervisor: Fiona Saunders

    With the aim of acquiring an overall assessment of the recent application of the Private Finance 2 (PF2) procurement in the UK so far, this dissertation firstly focused on exploring both the advantages and weaknesses of PFI projects. Based on the findings of the previous Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) procurement, an all-round analysis of PF2 reform was conducted, though three case studies. This analysis covered all major aspects of PF2 improvements e.g. efficient delivery, flexible service provision, greater transparency, appropriate risk allocation, future debt finance, and optimised value for money. Since the Scottish government also developed a new procurement method, known as Non-profit Distribution (NPD), the dissertation compared these two approaches and found that PF2 is still better to be adopted in the UK market. As it is inevitable that there are some doubts in existence about the improvements of PF2 procurement, critical evaluation of these were discussed in the dissertation. To conclude, it seems that the application of PF2 could bring better delivery in the UK infrastructures and services to some extent, but there are still some improvements needed to be made and it is questionable whether it is better value for money.

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