Professional teamwork and project performance in the building construction industry in Kenya
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The purpose of this study was to investigate how teamwork management leads to effective implementation of building construction projects in Kenya. The study determined the extent to which effective teamwork management of professional firms has been employed in the building construction industry; establish the relationship between teamwork management of professional firms and successful completion of building construction projects and establish the challenges facing the teamwork management of professional firms in the building construction industry. This study adopted a cross-sectional descriptive survey research design where the population for this study entailed all consultancy firms in the building construction industry registered with the Ministry of Public Works and Architectural Association of Kenya where 80 firms distributed to the different professional stakeholders were selected using proportionate stratified sampling method. Questionnaires were administered using drop and pick method. Data analysis involved reducing the accumulated data to a manageable size, developing summaries and looking for patterns, and applying statistical techniques. The data gathered was edited, and randomly validated, the field results, through re-interviewing some of the respondents. From the study, the researcher concludes that, success of any activity done as a group relies on the leaders of the group. At the same time, team work is one of the most important aspects in any organization or company. This is because in a team, many skills are exhibited by various team members and at the same time, members complement each other where one member does not know, the other member does. At the end of it all, high quality work is produced through combined effort. The team leaders should, by all means acquire the skills necessary to lead the team members while seeing to it that they lead by example in deeds and in speech. By so doing, the team members will follow the good example set by the leaders which will eventually result in success of the project. The team members should cooperate with both their leaders and among themselves to avoid unnecessary conflicts. This will save on time which would otherwise be lost in trying to resolve the conflicts.