Tuesday 23rd of May 2017
 

Empirical study of project management dimensions: guidelines for an adapted standard to SMEs and large enterprises in developing countries (Moroccan case)


Amina Oukennou, Zitouni Beidouri and Otmane Bouksour

Small to Medium-sized enterprises are a very important component of the economy. They are present in the whole industries all over the world. They are considered as the engine for future growth in the economy. Project management is an economical international factor impacting all types of enterprises including the SMEs. The aim of this paper is to measure the weight of using projects and project management in Moroccan SMEs in comparison with the large companies. This study is based on interviews with experts: project managers, managers, directors, and consultants. They were asked questions measuring the weight of using projects, the level of using project management, and the resources employed. Eighteen Moroccan companies from a range of industries and sizes were consulted. All the companies consider projects as a key element in their strategy. Most of them affirm the great usefulness of the approach project especially for the external activities. The main differences lie in the duration and the size of used projects. Despite the common shared idea about the importance of the project management, the interviewed persons believe that the project management knowledge has the same importance or less than the technical knowledge. All the companies affirm the need of a simpler version of project management. Despite the fact that the suggested content varies from one company to another, several similarities exist.

Keywords: Project Dimension, Project Management, Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise, Morocco.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Amina Oukennou
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Laboratory Department, School of Technology Casablanca, Hassan II University of Casablanca

Zitouni Beidouri
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Laboratory Department, School of Technology Casablanca, Hassan II University of Casablanca

Otmane Bouksour
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Laboratory Department, School of Technology Casablanca, Hassan II University of Casablanca


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