Mergers in Construction Project Management


By Petros Farantakis, Academic Head, Bilston Community College

Dimitrios  Kamsaris, Professor, Bilston Community College

Stefanos Kougoulos, Lecturer, Bilston Community College

John Petridis, MBA, University of Leicester



This paper aims at answering the strategic question, “In which way Mergers affect the effective delivery of construction project management”.

The current research was based on the process of the questionnaires and semi–structured interviews and was applied in Greek construction companies engaged in international projects. The findings and the data analysis are presented here-below. Having discussed the findings of this research, suggestion for improvement was given. The limitations of the research were also acknowledged as well as recommendations for further research.

Keywords: project management, merger. 

  1. Introduction

The objective of this paper is to present a topic on international project management and the effect of mergers. The research objective is to attempt to identify the way in which mergers affects the effective delivery of construction project.

Brown and Kaka (2003) states that the construction industry is under achieving and has a poor rate of performance while investing little in research and development. The present is important initially for the company understudy, itself, as well as other companies operating in the same industry, in order to increase peoples’ effectiveness and improve performance. Secondly, the research is important for the academic community and for practitioners who may use the results of this research.

The most important research question that will be determined during the current study is:

  • How mergers contribute to achieve the effective delivery of projects?

The first chapter contains the introductory stage to the research. The second chapter includes the literature review. The purpose is to define the problem and the background of the study. This will include a bibliographical research, through books and up to date journals. In this chapter definitions related to training and project management will be included as well as the relevant theories. The third chapter includes the research design and methodology which will describe the steps that will be undertaken in order to address the research questions, the research approach, and the research techniques.

The fourth chapter includes data analysis and findings resulting from the research expressed through tables, diagrams and descriptions. The last chapter includes the conclusions and recommendations and it will provide suggestion for further study in the future.


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About the Authors

petros-farantakisflag-ukflag-greeceDr. Petros Farantakis


Dr. Petros Farantakis holds the Academic Director position at Bilston Community College in the UK and, is a teaching Professor for the Open University in Greece. 


dimitrios-kamsarisflag-greeceDr. Dimitrios P. Kamsaris 


Dr. Dimitrios P. Kamsaris is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Monarch UGSM Business School in Switzerland and Visiting Professor of Management at Business Schools in France, UK, Denmark, Cyprus, and Greece. Dr. Kamsaris has completed postdoctoral education at Harvard University. He held CEO and managerial positions in Coca-Cola, Sherwin Williams, Athens 2004, Shell and D Constructions.  Today, he serves as a member of Board of Directors and management consultant in commercial and construction firms.  Furthermore, he trains public & private sector executives in the U.K., Denmark, Cyprus and Greece. Recently, he trained Pakistan Top Governmental Directors in UK.  He is published in business and academic journals and is a chartered member of the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association.  e-mail: [email protected] 

stefanos-kougoulosflag-greeceStefanos Kougoulos 


Mr. Stefanos Kougoulos is a Lecturer at the Bilston Community College in the U.K while he is pursuing his Doctorate in Project Management at Monarch UGSM Business School in Switzerland.  He has extensive experience as a procurement engineer. His main responsibility is within the purchasing and investment department of the major oil seeds processing industry and maritime company in Greece, since 2006.   In the past, he has collaborated with technical naval bureau as a surveyor and drawing engineer. Mr. Stefanos Kougkoulos holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Project Management from Heriot Watt University, as well as a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his postgraduate thesis he conducted a research on the way the Project Success Factors Affect the Residential Construction Projects in Greece.  e-mail: [email protected] 

ioannis-peridisflag-greeceIoannis Petridis


Mr. Ioannis Petridis is an MBA graduate from the University of Leicester. Presently, he is working as a Banking Consultant at Marfin Egnatia Bank (Member of LAIKI Group).