Effects of Organizational Project Management Maturity on Competitive Advantages: A Quantitative Descriptive Study

Effects of Organizational Project Management Maturity on Competitive Advantages: A Quantitative Descriptive Study

Author: 
Garry Huang
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
This quantitative descriptive study examined the connection between organizational project management maturity and competitive advantages in the Australian project management consultancy industry. Understanding the connection is an important factor for organizational leaders that desire an increased customer satisfaction and competitiveness of the organization. The scope of this study was based on project management consultancy firms in Australia using quantitative survey data from the current and former members of a professional project management association. The results from this quantitative descriptive study determined the effects of organizational project management maturity on competitive advantages as well as the ability to make more informed strategic decisions by organizational owners based on the perceptions competitive advantages by the organizational project managers. With the exploration of the lived experiences of the project managers, the results of this study rejected the null hypothesis of H0: Organizational project management maturity has no effect on competitive advantages as perceived by the project managers with a p value of <.0001 (99.99%). Therefore, suggesting that there is a perceived connection between the level of organizational project management maturity and competitive advantages. Furthermore, the results of this study identified a high degree of connection between project managers’ soft skills and project management towards perceived competitive advantages across all levels of organizational project management maturity.
Dedication: 
I would like to dedicate this dissertation to darling wife and my beautiful children. To my wife, Jenny, your absolute support and understanding by allowing me to commit to this doctoral journey through taking care of the family when various deadlines creep up is absolutely critical and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To my children, Evelyn, Julian, and Declan, I thank you for your patience, understanding and especially when I am forced to spend less time with you through your childhood years. Now that this journey is over, I hope I can spend some more quality time and create precious memories together. To all my friends and colleagues who gave me words of encouragement and support, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Acknowledgements: 
This doctoral journey would not be possible without my mentor, my dissertation chairperson, Dr Louiseann Richter (Mickey) for her constant words of wisdom, encouragement, and feedback throughout this long and sometimes painful journey. Even when I was ready to give up over the many hurdles thrown my way, her cheerful voice and warm wishes was always a beacon of hope. Dr Mickey has certainly gone above and beyong the role of a dissertation committee chairperson and made this journey possible. I would also like to thank Dr Barbara Carnes and Dr Larry Olanrewaju for their wisdom and expert guidance throughout critical stages of this journey. I would also like to thank Mr Michael Martin from the Australian Institute of Project Management. Without Michaels’ support and guidance, accessing the AIPM membership database would be impossible. Finally, I would like to thank my extended family for encouraging me and advising me to battle through this doctoral journey. For those whose names I did not mention here, please be aware that I deeply appreciate your support towards the completing of this long journey. Thank you!