|Student Name:||Capt Kevin Porter|
|Thesis:||A Case Study Analysis of Project Stakeholder Relationships in the Dept of Energy Office of Environmental Management Projects|
|Location:||ENV Conference Room|
|Date & Time:||02/20/2014 at 1345|
|Abstract:|| An area that has received greater attention in project management research over the last 25 years is that of stakeholder relationships and their effect on projects. Environmental remediation projects tend to have an overabundance of stakeholders and little research has been done on relationship management for these projects. In the federal government, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) performs environmental remediation work. EM has been placed on the Government Accountability Office’s high-risk list for fraud, waste, and abuse in 1990. This research utilized interviews conducted with EM personnel to determine how project participant relationships could be improved and what effect relationships had on performance. Several factors and barriers were identified to improve relationships among stakeholders including: communication, common goals, organizational environment, and trust in stakeholders’ integrity. A majority of interviewees stated that stakeholder relationships affect project performance. Quantitative data, in the form of Likert scale questions, was collected and used to support the qualitative findings. Based on this research, EM should focus on strengthening relationships by improving communication, aligning short and long term goals, improving the organizational environment surrounding projects, and fostering trust among participants which may improve project performance in EM.