Project selection and management in international development organisations
par Landry Iragi Mugaruka
University of Hertfordshire - MSc. Project Management 2014
University of Hertfordshire Business School
Masters of Science in Project Management
Project Selection and Management in International Development Organisations
Author: Landry Iragi Mugaruka
Student No: 12019699
Supervisor: Mike J. Herman
Submission Date: 23rd September 2014 Ethics Number: BUS/PG/UH/00502
I would like to register my deepest appreciation to my supervisor Mr. Mike J. Herman for being an instrumental part of my dissertation research. His availability, guidance and direction made everything much easier and I learned a great deal under his stewardship.
My sincerest thanks also go to my parents Gaspard and Denise, who have been eternally supportive and provided me with invaluable input throughout my course work. Warm thanks are also due to my siblings Tino, Serge, Rabi, Clovis, Urbain and Linda for their useful recommendations and inspiration.
Finally, I dedicate this thesis to my lovely daughter Leyla, from whom I get endless inspiration to do the very best.
Selecting programmes and projects that are in line with strategic goals and objectives has been described as the primary objective of organisations today. For International Development Organisations, selecting the right mix of projects is even more crucial because of their purpose, the specific nature of the programmes and projects they implement and the environment in which they operate. This dissertation proposes a simple and flexible multilevel Framework, based on the principles of Project Portfolio Management, that can be used when selecting and implementing development programmes and projects while at the same time ensuring that they are in line with the strategic orientation of the implementing organisation.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents iv
Table of Figures vi
Table of Tables vi
3.1 Research Philosophy 19
3.1.1 Epistemology 19
3.1.2 Ontology 20
3.1.3 Axiology 21
3.2 Research Approach 21
3.3 Research Design and Strategy 22
3.3.1 Research Design 22
3.3.2 Research Strategy 23
3.4 Time Horizons 25
3.5 Limitations 25
6.1 How is Project Portfolio Selection applied within an Organisation 51