Onstruction Project Management (International projects. An analysis of about six construction projects which take place in two countries.)


Although this topic is suitable for students on any of the Management of projects and associated degree programme route ways, it is particularly suited to students on the Construction and Engineering Project Management route ways

Information for students
Project Topic
Please provide a brief overview of the topic; this should be approximately one to two lines in length.

International projects. An analysis of about six construction projects which take place in two countries.
Topic outline
The topic outline should indicate the broad nature and scope of the topic. This outline will be provided to students.

Bridges and tunnels in particular may be built in two adjoining countries. How does this affect the organisation and management of the project? Are there cultural issues or political issues which affect the running of the project?
A survey of about six projects, with some consideration and recommendation of best practice.

Key words
Please provide up to three keywords or keyword phrases that would help a student to do some initial research into the topic area.

Multinational projects, national culture

Additional information
Type of project topic
Please indicate whether this is a desk-top (literature review) project and/or provide an indication of the extent of empirical work and availability of data.

Resources and other pre-requisites
An indication should be given of the following;
a? Requirement for specialist knowledge, specific first degree discipline or prior study of particular MoP units.
a? Resources required e.g. access to specific software or equipment
a? The need for fieldwork or experimental work
Case studies
Number of students
Number of students who could be allocated to this topic


Assignment details
The purpose of the assignment is to ensure that students have developed an
understanding and some relevant knowledge of the literature relating to their
dissertation topic, as well as assessing their ability to: conduct a literature search,
summarise and critically assess journal papers and apply their literature findings to
their own specific project.
There are 4 sections to the assignment. Please note that marks will not be given for
any content on pages exceeding the maximum number of pages stipulated for each
1. A working title, synopsis (including beneficiaries) and aim & objectives
(1 page maximum , 15 marks)
Your project topic may change a little as the work develops but at this stage you
should give your a?working titlea. Its purpose is to give the reader a broad indication of
the topic of the assignment. The synopsis is a short summary, outlining the
importance and significance of the topic you are proposing to investigate in your
dissertation. It should state the nature and purpose of the research and who the
potential beneficiaries will be. The aims and objectives outline your intended area
and focus of research and help the reader to get a more detailed picture of your
proposed project as well as some indication of its structure (there are more details on
aims and objectives in the a?critical conceptsa tab in Blackboard). The aim and
objectives should be in the form of a list. It is appreciated that, at the moment, the
focus of the research may not be established and so this section may still be quite SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL, AEROSPACE AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

broad. That is fine at this stage, although clearly the research will need to become
more focused later.
References should be included if appropriate. The list of references (for this section
and all other sections) should be included in a separate page(s) at the end and need
not form part of the one page allocated to this section.

2. Search strategy (1 page maximum, 10 marks)
In this section you should set out the search strategy you have used to find
appropriate journal papers a this should include such aspects as key words (and why
these are relevant) and search engines used. You should include explanation of how
you selected the papers that you chose to include in your review i.e. How did you
judge their importance/relevance? It should also include an explanation of how and
why you selected any other sources of information. Other sources of information
include web-sites and reports.

3. Brief Literature Review (3 pages maximum, 60 marks)
Your brief literature review should provide a background and critical analysis of a
particular area of academic research related to your dissertation topic. It is up to you
to decide which area you wish to focus on and you may wish to discuss this with your
supervisor. You may take a broad approach or a very narrowly focused one a this is
up to you.
You should summarise the key findings from the literature (including how the papers
came to their conclusions). The review should be primarily based on refereed journal
papers and should include critical comparison and evaluation. It is appreciated that it
is often very difficult to critique a refereed journal paper which has already been
through a rigorous evaluation process. So the a?critiquea may focus on the scope and
limitations of particular papers or areas/approaches that you propose this area of
research should focus on. We recommend that your review primarily focuses on at
least 4 refereed journal papers and not more than 6. You may use additional papers
to help critique or provide context for your review. We recommend that the total
number of papers you use does not exceed 12. This suggested limited is given in
order to assist you in giving an in-depth account of the literature in the space

In selecting which papers to review, the ideal approach would be to select papers
which have some overlap of the subject matter but with different approaches rather
than dealing with separate aspects. For example, if your topic was Outsourcing, you
may select 4-6 papers which deal with the management of risk in outsourcing.
However, it is appreciated that this may not be possible, so instead you may choose
to select 4-6 papers which deal with different aspects such as HR, cost reduction,
managing relations etc. If the nature of the topic means that it is impossible to find
refereed journal papers, then other articles (or reports) may be reviewed instead but
the search strategy must indicate why what is being reviewed is not a refereed
journal paper. If you use non peer reviewed papers and do not justify this, section 3
may be awarded a mark of zero.
permitted. You may also use a?additional sourcesa such as industry reports,
newspaper articles etc (i.e. any source that is not a peer reviewed journal paper) if
you wish.
All sources used in your assignment should be included in a list of references at the
end of the assignment. The page(s) of references will not count towards the page
limits set on each component of the assignment. Submissions without a reference
page will be given a mark of zero.
Asking yourself the following questions may assist you in developing your brief
literature review:
o What are the key findings of the paper and how have the conclusions been
arrived at?
o Does the work described in one paper build on the work described in another
o Do the papers arrive at the same conclusions or different conclusions?
o If the papers contradict each other, why, and which conclusion has most
validity/applicability to your area of research?

4. Conclusions from the literature review, implications for your own project
and next steps (1 page maximum, 15 marks)
You should summarise the key findings from your literature review (including relevant
critical comparison) and discuss how these relate to your own project. You should
outline and discuss the implications from the literature review for your own project
(this could include, for example: the implications for the focus on your re