Primary Stakeholders: The Contractor . The Project Contractor is a key stakeholder who undertakes the bulk of physical work on civil en-gineering projects.
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The Project Contractor is a key stakeholder who undertakes the bulk of physical work on civil en-gineering projects.
Some of the Contractor‘s major responsibilities include ensuring that the construction schedule as laid down in the project plan is kept, that the work undertaken is consistent with the project requirements and specifications and approved changes to the project scope are incorprated into the construction plan, that quality standards are not compromised, that laws and regulations are followed and licenses and permits from the authorities concerned are obtained, that con-struction progress is regularly monitored and communicated to the project team, that problems are resolved and a line of communication to other stakeholders is kept, and that close coordination with the Project Suppliers and Project Subcon-tractors is maintained.
Project Contractors often have to contend with many challenges and unforeseen problems in the course of project implementation!
Like the Project Contractor, the Project Supplier is a key stakeholder in civil engineering and other cate-gories of projects. Often, Suppliers have a network of Subsuppliers.
The Supplier is responsible for ensuring that all the material inputs of the agreed specification and quality are delivered to the project site(s) in the re-quired quantity at the time they are needed. This may be on a regular or periodic basis. The concept of „Just in Time“ (JIT) delivery by Suppliers has gained popularity in organizations in recent years, also for project managers as JIT brings some note-worthy benefits in the project management context.
Delays in the supply of inputs to project sites may delay the project schedule. Hence, it is imperative that the Supplier closely coordinates with the Con-tractor, Project Manager and Project Team, especially during the project implementation phase.
The Project Supplier is the prime source of inputs which are used on large projects.
The Project Consultant can be an individual per-forming a few specialized tasks on a project – it can also be a organization which is concurrently working on several diverse projects and is involved in the project throughout its life-cycle.
Consultants offer all kinds of services – for e.g., undertaking pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, contract management, project planning, architec-tural and engineering design, cost estimation, scheduling, quality assurance, risk assessment, data management, monitoring, auditing, report evaluation, training (skill development, team building, communication etc.), liaising with other project stakeholders and trouble-shooting.
Consultants bring specialized expertise to the project and often have extensive project expe-rience. Project consultancy is a challenging and innovative field of work.
Project Consultants are indispensable for many projects.
The customer‘s responsibility is to clearly indicate to the project manager and team the needs and requirements that must be met by the project, review and approve the project charter and project plan, and closely interact with the project manager and team during the project‘s planning and implementation.
The responsibility also lies with the customer to in-form the project manager of any changes in the project environment that can or will effect the pro-ject deliverables, request and approve changes to the project when needed, provide regular feed-back to the project manager, review project status reports and the final project status report, verify that the project scope has been completed accor-ding to agreement and evaluate the final project deliverables at the end of the project.
Also called the “Project Owner”, the customer is the ultimate recipient of the project output or result.
Customer satisfaction is a measure of the project’s success.
Most families share similar desires – primarily to live in a comfortable, peaceful, clean, secure and child-friendly environment. However, projects which are being undertaken in close proximity to families often conflict to some extent therewith.
Road and building construction projects, in particular, can be a source of considerable and enduring nuisance and inconvenience for families due to the noise, dust and dirt, pollution and the diversion of road traffic they cause.
By comparison other projects - for example, the creation of playgrounds, parks, day care centers, sport and recreational facilities, nurseries and schools – would usually generate a higher level of interest and support among families who would probably count among their main users on completion.
Families are very concerned about the impact of projects on them and their neigh-bourhoods.
The tourist industry ranks for years amongst the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. People are taking to the roads and skies in ever increasing numbers to visit destinations within and beyond their national borders whereby their inte-rests seem as varied as the places they visit. Tourists bring in immense sums of money and in many regions are the primal source of economic prosperity.
Thousands of projects across the globe in coun-tries as diverse as Egypt and Thailand, Turkey and the Maldive Islands, Spain and the UAE are being undertaken by governments and the private sector specifically to cater to the needs of tourists. Other projects – usually in the superlative category– can generate considerable interest among tourists as can projects to improve infrastructure and cultural facilities in towns, cities and localities.
Tourists are a force to be reckoned with. There’s hardly a place on Earth they haven’t discovered.
The media in its print, broadcast and web-based forms is a (very) powerful force.
Through its news and event reporting, the media shapes public opinions. In the case of projects, the media has on numerous occasions strongly in-fluenced people‘s perceptions, sometimes in favour of and sometimes against a project, by res-pectively focussing more on the project‘s positive or negative points.
The first exposure most people have to a project in which they are not directly or indirectly involved is through media coverage. The exposure may be „objective“ or „biased“ depending on the ideologi-cal underpinnings of the media source. By syste-matically mustering media support, Project Owners and Managers would put themselves in a better position to manage their stakeholders.
The print media may have an economic interest in projects, for e.g., when they are paid to print ten-der notices, RFPs and job advertisements for needed project staff. The media also makes documentaries on major projects.
Academic has an interest in on-going and com-pleted projects as well as projects planned for the future.
Projects can yield valuable data and information which could be used for undertaking research studies and as case studies in class. A project management researcher, for example, may be in-terested in the methodology, processes and tools which were used in planning an implementing a large construction project. A researcher with a background in civil engineering may, on the other hand, be more concerned with the technical aspects of the project and the use of innovative materials and substances while a researcher with a background in social sciences may want to learn about the performance of the project team and level of interaction and communication between the project stakeholders.
Professors and researchers are always keen to study how things they teach in class are done in the “real world”.
Countries too can, on occasions, be stakeholders to a project.
All projects have an impact. In the case of large projects, these impacts sometimes do not halt at national borders but transcend them and effect surrounding countries–possibly negatively – as well.
A case in point are water management projects at major rivers. Since rivers usually flow through more than one country, a project to store or divert river water in one upstream country may conse-quently result in a reduction of water flows to its downstream neighbours. Reduced water flows may damage their agriculture and economies besides having a social fall-out. If uncontrolled, a situation may arise whereby countries are willing to engage in armed conflict.
Turkey almost went to war with its neigh-bours Iraq and Syria several years back. The cause for this near conflict was Turkey’s construction of a series of dams on a river shared by all three countries.
Companies clearly have a stake in projects which their competitors are undertaking as they stand to lose out heavily in certain situations.
The field of software development is a case in point. Suppose, for example, that there are four competitors on the market for image editing soft-ware. The programmes they offer are high class and comparable to each other in quality. One of the four companies initiates a project to develop a new editing software with greatly enhanced func-tionality which it intends to market at a price mar-ginally higher than the one it is presently offering. Its three competitors learn about the project and are concerned because if the project is successful, they may lose heavily in lost sales and market share given the anticipated diversion of demand to the new software. This reasoning applies to other competitive sectors as well.
Competitors are always keeping a watch on their co-competitors –
because they don’t want a nasty surprise!
Since the 1960s, the environmentalist movement has emerged on the global scene as a highly vocal and influential entity. Some of the more prominent organizations like Greenpeace periodically make world headlines with their practical measures aim-ed at generating public awareness against actions ranging from the cruel practice of whaling in the world‘s oceans to the plans of the nuclear industry to construct new power stations.
Many are the projects across the globe which come under the critical scrutiny of the environ-mentalists. High-profile cases are large projects such as dam, road and airport construction, oil and gas projects and projects to construct thermal, hydro and nuclear power stations, all of which involve the clearing of large tracts of land with consequent damage to the fauna and flora, and perceived soil, air and water pollution.
Environmentalists will fight to the end for their cause.
Always try to keep them happy!
Most projects will have a limited stakeholder out-reach. There are some however, that, because of their enormous magnitude may effect and interest the general public in some way or the other.
The construction of a highway directly linking all major cities in a country would make traveling more convenient for the public. The construction of a power station to overcome chronic electricity shortfalls would effect everyone. Building large new food and beverage factories would also inte-rest the general public who can access a broader (and possibly cheaper) selection of products.
Some projects can be a source of concern for the general public. For example, proposals to establish databases to store information on every citizen have been vehemently opposed by the public in some countries.
The general public wants to be assur-ed that a project will not cause enduring problems for it.
Like the families which form their basis, local communities have an interest in, and are affected by, the projects which are being implemented in their respective localities.
Projects can, depending on circumstances, bring numerous benefits for local communities. For example, they can generate employment for local people, boost local businesses, cause property prices and rents to rise, allow access to more products and services, draw attention to the community and make life more interesting for its residents.
The downside is that some projects, especially of the construction type, can have a nuisance effect in terms of the noise, dust and dirt, pollution and hazards caused by the implementation of the con-struction activities.
Local communities are in favour of change as long as it doesn’t come at their expense.
Economies and societies are extremely complex entities. Countless organizations and institutions operating in diverse fields exist and interact in a dynamic manner.
Many organizations are affected by projects in some way or the other – educational and medical establishments, training institutes, consumer interest groups, trade and manufacturers associations, chambers of industry and commerce, government departments, non-governmental organizations – to name but a few of the myriad players.
Organizations are as diverse as people and so are there interests as far as projects are concerned.
Project Stakeholder Management Process
Understand the Project Context
Identify All Project Stakeholders
Analyze and Map the Project Stakeholders
Design Stakeholders Engagement Strategy
Implement Stakeholders Engagement Strategy
The first task in „managing“ project stakeholders is to identify, study and understand the context in which the project is taking place – in other words, look at the project‘s „broader picture“.
Projects come in all shapes and sizes and their change impact varies enormously. And, as all projects are unique, even if two projects are similar, they may require different approaches to managing stakeholders.
On projects, the attention given to managing the stakeholders will vary, depending on the type of stakeholder.
It is reasonable to assume that as a project’s importance increases, more care needs to be excercized by the project implementors in “managing” the project stakehol-ders otherwise the project goal and the project investment may be jeopardized.
Focus on Effectively Managing the Project Stakeholders
Projects come in many categories and each may have different implications for the way project stakeholders are managed. For example, stakeholder management on a corporation‘s project to intro-duce a computerized human resource information system would be quite different (and usually far less complex) than the stakeholder management required on a project for constructing a large dam.
There is no stakeholder management model that fits all projects. Each project must be considered in its own merit.
New Product Development projects
Complex, capital-intensive and high-visibility projects such as dams, roads, power stations and pipelines.
No. of Project Stakeholders
Projects being imple-mented in and for individual departments of organizations.
Some social development projects undertaken by NGO’s
Level of Heterogenity of the Project Stakeholders and Complexity of Managing Them
A significant benefit of projects are the valuable insights they often yield and which can be used in planning and implementing future projects.
It is advisable for project managers to study the stakeholder management experiences from previous „similar projects“and see if the strategies which were employed on those projects can be used again or appropriately modified to fit the current project‘s requirements. A knowledge documentation or infor-mation system can help in this regard.
The concerns of project stakeholders can be very diverse and, particularly on large complex projects, whose stakeholders are spread out, difficult to document comprehensively.
Still, these concerns must be addressed systema-tically and effectively by the project manager and team in order to prevent them from causing prob-lems for the project which can prove costly, especially if the project already finds itself in an advanced stage of implementation.
Many organizations which continuously implement a stream of projects have developed a support infra-structure in the form of project management offices and units, information databases, well-defined pro-ject management methodology and processes, tools etc.
Project Managers and Project Teams can, hence, call upon diverse existing informational assets as a back-up for managing their project stakeholders.
Brainstorming is a popular and effective group-based tool for generating creative ideas and solving problems. It has many applications in project management.
Surveying is a use-ful information-gathering tool with which the Project Team can deter-mine who the pro-ject stakeholders and what their in-terests are.
Project Consultants have considerable exposure to pro-jects and, based on past experience, can advise the Pro-ject Manager and Team who the Stakeholders are.
Project Managers and Team members who have already under-taken similar projects in the past can be a valuable source of information for iden-tifying project stake-holders.
Organizations under-taking projects would usually have much documentation on project stakeholders, including stakeholder registers from their previous projects.
Case Studies of similar projects can be a useful source of information for iden-tifying stakeholders in a current project. The context must be kept in mind.
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Does your organization have a Project Stakeholder Management Process similar to the one which we discussed in today’s class? How is it structured?
What method(s) does your organization follow for identifying its project stakeholders? Review and dis-cuss them.