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Roles That Project Sponsors Play At Stage Gates Of A Project Life Cycle Model: A Case Study Of A Water Utility In South Africa

D. Nhubunga, H. Steyn & S. Pretorius

Project sponsors play significant roles at the stage gates of project life cycle models (PLCMs). However, research on the roles that sponsors play at stage gates, and the attributes required of the sponsor, are sparse.

This study investigated the roles played by government and municipal sponsors at the PLCM stage gates of a water utility, and identified the attributes that the sponsor should have as well as the challenges they face. A case study approach was employed, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with relevant stakeholders.

The findings could assist the senior management of water utilities, national government departments, and municipalities when appointing suitable project sponsors.

South African Journal of Industrial Engineering December 2023 Vol 34(4), pp 18-31


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