Major challenges in managing multiple project environments (MPE) in Australia's construction industry

Ismah Noor Hashim, Nicholas Chileshe

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the major challenges to managing multiple project environments (MPE) in Australia. Design/methodology/approach: The views from Australian project management practitioners drawn from various industrial sectors were collected via an e-mailed questionnaire survey. The respondents were asked to rate a total of 22 challenges that affect the management of multiple project environments as identified from the literature review. The results of the questionnaire were analysed using ranking analysis. Findings: The findings show that "commitment and responsibility", "leading projects", "planning", and "conflict and communication" are perceived as the four challenges of most importance. Furthermore, the 22 challenges could be classified into 11 sub groupings: project management processes; competencies of project managers; project assignments; human resource allocation; resource availability; organisational culture; problem solving; competition among projects; information sharing; management of a single project; and project location. Research limitations/implications: The study forms the basis for further research. Replication of this study to other parts of the industries and world about how identification of major challenges in managing multiple projects could be used as a basis for developing appropriate strategies aimed at improving the competencies of project managers. Practical implications: Based on the findings, the project management practitioners could develop a better understanding of the challenges needed to be overcome in order to perform effectively. Furthermore, the identification of these challenges could form the basis for the development of guidelines and provision of useful information for development of strategies aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of project managers operating within the multiple projects environments in Australia. Originality/value: In this paper, major challenges to improving the effectiveness and efficiency of project managers in managing MPEs in Australia are identified and analysed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-92
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Construction industry
  • Descriptive analysis
  • Multiple project environments
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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