Will knowledge infrastructure capabilities elevate the project management maturity? An empirical study

Alghail A., Yao L., Abbas M.


  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/vjikms-12-2021-0289
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, FRANCIS, ABI/INFORM, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, INSPEC, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Metadex, vLex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Project management, Knowledge management, Project management maturity, Knowledge infrastructure capabilities, higher education institutions (HEIs), PERFORMANCE, MODELS
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose The factors for higher education institutions' (HEIs) project management failure have been studied for several years. One of the issues is a lack of tools to combine their knowledge infrastructure capabilities (KIC) with project management (PM) to examine these infrastructures and monitor maturity. There are several project management maturity (PMM) models available. However, there are just a few empirical studies that support the three knowledge infrastructure capabilities and PMM integrations. As a result, the current research aims to suggest a new conceptual model, KIC-knowledge management (KM), and assess a research model that includes the three knowledge infrastructure capabilities as a prerequisite to elevate the PMM. Design/methodology/approach Partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) is used to evaluate the proposed research model. The study's hypotheses were also examined using a sample of 352 respondents from PM departments at ten Yemeni public universities. Findings The study found that if the three key knowledge infrastructure capabilities integrate into the PMs, then it will help HEIs to perform project tasks more effectively and efficiently. Also, it will improve the PM maturity level if all the three capabilities positively effect PMM. Research limitations/implications The study findings cannot be generalized to other industries because the collected date were with the Yemeni public universities' context. Also, the new proposed model can be assessed in various sectors to increase the validity of the model. One more thing, future academics can conduct qualitative research study to validate again the proposed model. Practical implications Project managers can develop and improve their organization's effectiveness and performance by focusing on these findings and using the developed model. Also, the findings of this study can be used as a benchmark for evaluating initiatives and knowledge-based governmental entities. Social implications It is an opportunity for knowledge-based governmental entities particularly and other organizations to elevate most of projects to achieve a supreme level of maturity. Also, this study will assist employees to understand the relationship between KICs and projects within HEIs in Yemen. Originality/value This paper is among the first to empirically study the impact of the three knowledge infrastructure capabilities toward PMM. It links between two important domains: KM and PM.