Project managing in post-conflict environments: an exploration of the resource profiles of Sri Lankan non- governmental organizations involved in development projects

Yogarajah Nanthagopan, Nigel Leroy Williams

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine the configuration of project resources in organizations operating in a post-conflict country environment using a Resource-Based View (RBV) perspective. Data collection was undertaken using a quantitative survey study of Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in development projects in Sri Lanka, which obtained 445 responses. An Exploratory Factor Analysis and subsequent Confirmatory Factor Analysis were performed to identify and confirm the Project Management (PM) resource profile composition of these organizations. The study identified resource profiles incorporated items at the team, organizational and collaborative social resource levels and did not differ significantly by organization type. This suggests that the current focus of PM RBV research that implicitly uses a competitive advantage derived framework may need to be adapted for contexts such as Post conflict environments. For organizations seeking to deliver projects in developing countries, the findings indicate that relational capacity in the form of a collaborative social resource may be required to adapt team and organizational resources to post conflict environments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Early online date3 Sep 2021
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Publication statusEarly online - 3 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • post-conflict
  • Resource Based View (RBV)
  • Sri Lanka
  • project management
  • NGOs
  • development project

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