A comparative study of Malaysian public project management training

M. F.M. Kamal, Mohd Affandi Haryanti, P. F. Hassan, Z. Ismail, M. C. Mat

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Abstract

Public projects have been found to be short on quality, incurring endless cost overruns and guilty of extensive time delays, as highlighted in the annual Auditors' General Reports. One critical aspect that has been emphasised is the conduct of the public officers managing the projects, and it has been concluded that the effectiveness of the training provided to them is questionable. A Project Management Reference Framework was developed to assess the training provided to project managers and the framework was validated by construction professionals. This paper continues a study on the assessment of the training modules provided for public project management officers. The aim of this study is to give an overview of what is being offered compared to what is required in real practice. The mixed method was used for this study, which employed the concurrent exploratory technique. The training modules that were assessed were obtained from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and also the Public Works Department (PWD). The findings of this study show that the focus of the training that was assessed was not aligned with what is required by the industry. This study suggests that training providers need to have a plan and a common recognised term of reference for developing training and the training should emphasise on industry needs so that the industry benefits from effective training to produce a reliable and competent workforce.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
Volume25
Issue numberApril
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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Keywords

  • Project management training
  • public projects
  • reference framework
  • training adequacy

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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A comparative study of Malaysian public project management training. / Kamal, M. F.M.; Haryanti, Mohd Affandi; Hassan, P. F.; Ismail, Z.; Mat, M. C.

In: Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 25, No. April, 01.04.2017, p. 111-118.

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Kamal, MFM, Haryanti, MA, Hassan, PF, Ismail, Z & Mat, MC 2017, 'A comparative study of Malaysian public project management training', Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, vol. 25, no. April, pp. 111-118.
Kamal, M. F.M. ; Haryanti, Mohd Affandi ; Hassan, P. F. ; Ismail, Z. ; Mat, M. C. / A comparative study of Malaysian public project management training. In: Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 2017 ; Vol. 25, No. April. pp. 111-118.
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