n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - The use of earned value management for initiating directive project control decisions : a case study

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-277X



With large infrastructure backlogs in Africa, well-controlled projects will play a significant role in African infrastructure development. In this paper, the monitoring and/or directive use of Earned Value Management (EVM) is investigated and linked to project management maturity. This case study also investigates the use of EVM based on the financial and schedule risk distribution among project role players, and the effect of EVM on project performance. The results show minimal use of EVM in the directive control of projects; at best, the directive use of EVM is found to be implied rather than deliberate and methodical.

Met groot agterstande in infrastruktuur in Afrika kan goed-beheerde projekte 'n beduidende rol in die ontwikkeling van infrastruktuur speel. In hierdie artikel word die monitering en direktiewe gebruik van verdiende-waarde bestuur (VWB) ondersoek en gekoppel aan projekbestuur volwassenheid. Die gebruik van VWB op projek prestasie is ook ondersoek aan die hand van 'n geval. Die resultate toon minimale gebruik van VWB in die direktiewe beheer van projekte; die direktiewe gebruik van VWB is hoogstens implisiet eerder as feitelik.

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