Date of Conferral

2017

Degree

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

School

Management

Advisor

Matthew Gonzalez

Abstract

Construction management projects involve complex, dynamic environments resulting in uncertainty and risk, compounded by demanding time constraints. Research indicated project managers have struggled to identify best practices for scheduling construction projects via critical path methodologies while searching for tools to increase timely job completions and budget profits. The purpose of this single case study was to explore the strategies that construction project managers used to manage scheduled construction project delivery on time. The constructivist philosophical worldview was used as the framework for this study. Data were collected from semistructured interviews from 7 project managers from 5 different construction companies selected via purposive sampling throughout Florida. All project managers had at least 15 years of experience and multiple construction projects with managing scheduled project deliveries. Three themes emerged through thematic analysis: project, time delay, and cost. A construction project can have many variables that project managers cannot control such as the issue of on-time scheduling. Project managers identified that a project could be within the budget or cost set for the project and still be on time and go over budget or be within budget and not meet schedule. No broad support was found for agile project management, and no confirmation could be made that principles of philosophical theories were critical for project success. Implications for a positive social change result in creating new jobs during and after construction, bringing new individuals to neighborhoods, schools, and area businesses.