Ramping Up Site Management Function
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The costs of the commissioning have increased in recent years and have cause a lot of additional costs. In the literature, there are not so many topics regarding the commissioning. Based on these reasons, this thesis work aims to find the answers to the following research questions: “For which projects is site management most crucial?” and “Which kind of tasks the site manager should execute for improving the site management function?”. A project management process of The Case Company has been used for defining and analysing this thesis work. First, the work focuses on project management theory. The theoretical section takes part in the theory of project management, project closure, commissioning global projects and teamwork. The empirical part of the work analyses the data of enterprise resource planning system (ERP) that are most critical to the commissioning and what kind of issues lead to higher commissioning costs. In the second empirical part of the work, four projects have been selected for more detailed research. The target was to interview the project persons and to improve the job description of the site manager to be clearer and meet the needs of the company. A total of 13 project workers participated in the interview. The results show that the different types of projects have a direct impact on the increased costs of the commissioning of the project, for example the quality of the customer, the duration of the cooperation, the complexity of the project and the work culture. The study noted how each of these issues have a direct impact on the final cost of the commissioning and how successful the commissioning will be. During the interviews, it emerged that the site management is challenging and does not fill the existing requirements. The interviews are based on the project process of the company and their respective commissioning stages, and the interviewees provided many suggestions on development targets, such as the role of the site manager in safety, management and logistics. The interview study also produced other improvement suggestions for the Case Company. In addition, several development targets were found in the commissioning process which can boost the Case Company to decrease the commissioning costs.