Public Sector Project Management Application and Sustainability Problems, Case of EU Member State – Latvia


Emīls Pūlmanis

PhD.cand., MSc.proj.mgmt.

State Regional Development Agency (Latvia)

Deputy Director of Project implementation and monitoring department

Riga, Latvia


The application of Project Management (PM) tools and techniques in public sector is gradually becoming an important issue in developing economies, especially in a new development country like Latvia where projects of different size and structures are undertaken. The paper examined the application of the project management practice in public sector in Latvia. Public sector project management in Latvia become popular in recent years as there is different type of public funding sources available. The paper describes the public sector project management practice in Latvia. Study shows the evaluation of impact factors in public sector projects of efficiency and sustainability. Research period covers the time period from January 2013 – July 2014. 

Key words: project management, project planning and initialization, efficiency, public administration

JEL codes: O220, H430, H540

  1. Introduction

Government and organizations usually embark on different projects with the aim of creating new service or improving efficiency of the existing ones. All these projects require appropriate skills and techniques that go beyond technical expertise only, but encompass good and sound skills to manage limited budgets, while at the same time dealing with people and organizational issues.

The object of the research is public sector project management.

The aim of the article is to evaluate project planning and initialization practice in public sector in Latvia as well as project management process efficiency.

The objectives of the article are as follows:

  • assess the public sector project initialization practice and identify the problem areas of public project management in Latvia;
  • analyse theoretical background of project management;
  • provide proposals for public sector project management improvement.

The research methods used in the article include the project empirical data analysis and literature review as well as survey based on questionnaire.

Study shows that public sector project maturity level is low and should be improved. Research period covers the time period from January 2013 – February 2014.


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About the Author

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Riga, Latvia

Emils Pulmanis is a member of the board of the Professional Association of Project Managers in Latvia and Deputy Director of the Project Implementation and Control Department at the State Regional Development Agency of Latvia. He has gained a BSc. in engineer economics, a professional master’s degree in project management (MSc.proj.mgmt) and currently is a PhD candidate with a specialization in project management.  He has elaborated and directed a number of domestic and foreign financial instruments co-financed projects. He was a National coordinator for a European Commission-funded program – the European Union’s financial instruments PHARE program in Latvia. Over the past seven years he has worked in the public administration project control and monitoring field. He was a financial instrument expert for the Ministry of Welfare and the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism implementation authority as well as an expert for the Swiss – Latvian cooperation program as a NGO grant scheme project evaluation expert. He has gained international and professional project management experience in Germany, the United States and Taiwan. In addition to his professional work, he is also a lecturer at the University of Latvia for the professional master study program in Project management. He has authored more than 25 scientific publications and is actively involved in social activities as a member of various NGO’s.

Emils can be contacted at [email protected]