Improvement of project management office performance: An empirical investigation of effective factors in iranian construction industry

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Industrial Engineering Dept., IHCU University, Tehran, Iran

2 Project and Construction Management, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.


Project management office (PMO) is a new emerging concept in Iranian construction industry. Executives expect this organizational unit to add value to the business, and meet the demands of stakeholders by performing specialized tasks ranging from providing project management support to portfolio management. In this regard, PMO managers have long faced the question of how to improve the performance of project management office. Regarding the lack of research on this subject, current study focuses on identifying and analyzing the factors positively affecting the project management office performance in Iranian construction industry. The theoretical basis was extracted from the literature, and a field research was conducted for examining factors in Iranian construction industry. The parametric t-test hypothesis testing was used to identify key factors, and the interpretive structural modeling was applied to provide an overview on their interrelationships. The final conceptual model of factors indicates 9 factors in 6 level grouped in 3 category (dependent, linkage and driver variables). Furthermore, the findings provide Iranian construction companies with common understanding, and practical guidelines to steer their project management offices toward creating higher value. 


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Volume 9, Issue 3
July 2016
Pages 146-164
  • Receive Date: 09 May 2016
  • Revise Date: 20 June 2016
  • Accept Date: 25 July 2016
  • First Publish Date: 25 July 2016