Project management is a fairly new profession in the Zimbabwean construction
industry. The information revolution brought about by the Internet has resulted in
clients becoming more critical of the way construction projects are being procured
right from inception through implementation to maintenance. This has brought the
limelight on the Zimbabwean Indigenous contractors who despite a great deal of
assistance from government in the form of affirmative legislation have failed to
deliver construction projects timeously to specification and within budget. The
Zimbabwean construction industry is greatly fragmented. There exists professional
practices and foreign owned construction companies who are increasingly
embracing project management as a tool for project delivery. The new generally
small to medium sized construction companies owned by the local business people
have still not grasped project management. This paper explores the emergence of
indigenous contractors and what can be done to improve their operations.
Thesis (MSc) (Project Management)--University of Pretoria, 2011.