Contract Management and Performance of Construction Projects in Uganda: A case of UPPET/ APL1 Phase 2, Ministry of Education and Sports Uganda
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The study analyzed the influence of contract management on UPPET/APL1- PHASE 2- MoES performance of construction projects in Uganda. Specifically, the attention was on six (6) selected schools under this project. The study objectives were to analyze the influence of contract planning on performance of construction projects, determine the influence of contract controls on construction project performance and to establish the influence of contract monitoring and evaluation on performance of construction projects of UPPET / APL1- Phase 2-MoES in Uganda. A quantitative approach was used and correlational research design adopted for the study. A total of 80 respondents participated. These were selected using purposive, snowball and simple random sampling techniques. Questionnaire and documentary review checklists were used to collect the data. Data obtained was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), version 20.0, and presented in form of descriptive and inferential statistics. Study findings showed that contract planning significantly (p.000 <.005) influenced performance of construction projects, through project cost budgeting, project scheduling and project scope activities. On the contrary, contract controls had no significant influence basing on schedule control (p.393> 0.05), quality control (p.659 >0.05) and Cost control (p.060 > 0.05) on performance of construction projects. More so, study findings showed there was a significant influence of contract monitoring and evaluation on performance of construction projects in terms of interim monitoring evaluation reports (p. 000< 0.05), authorization of payments (p.000<0.05) and on contrary there was no statistical significant influence of Project Appraisal reports on construction Projects Performance (p.731> .05). Contract management explains 40.9% of the performance of construction projects undertaken under UPPET/APL1-Phase 2 MoES in Uganda. Therefore it was concluded that apart from contract controls, contract management attributes of contract planning, monitoring and evaluation has a significant influence on performance of construction projects. Recommendations included need to have timely budgeting and comprehensive planning, provision for price escalation in budgeting, prompt supervision at all levels of the project to ensure project status, regular and up-todate information. The study also noted that contract management and performance of construction projects in Government Ministries in Uganda, contract management and performance of construction projects in the private sector in Uganda were considered for further research.