Key Success Factors in Managing Basic Infrastructure Projects of Rural Development Communal Plans in Morocco


  • Ouafa Barakat National School of Business and Management, University Ibn Zohr Agadir, Agadir
  • Abdelaziz Bendou National School of Business and Management, University Ibn Zohr Agadir, Agadir
  • Rachid Oumlil National School of Business and Management, University Ibn Zohr Agadir, Agadir



Key Success Factor, Local Development, Project Management, Basic Infrastructure, Project Success, Rural Development


This paper aims at proposing a model explaining the success in managing basic infrastructure projects1 belonging to Rural Development Communal Plans (RDCP)2 of Taroudant province (South of Morocco). It is based on a hypotheticaldeductive reasoning emerging from a theoretical model tested by two empirical surveys. The first one is qualitative; it has exploratory purposes of research of this study and aims at contextualising the model. As for the second, it is quantitative with confirmatory goals and concerns 220 projects (55 municipalities). Results revealed the key success factors for both project design-planning and project implementation phases. It should be noted that this research has its limitations. The first limitation is linked to the external validity of the results, as it is difficult to generalise these results. The second is related to the methodological limitation relevant to the data restricted to the perception of the administrative staff of the municipality. The main originality of this paper consists of: first, the research question related to the area of the management project in the local context is undertaken for the first time in the context of developing countries; second, the adoption of the methodology approach combines qualitative and quantitative methods to identify the key success factors.


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Barakat, O., Bendou, A., & Oumlil, R. (2018). Key Success Factors in Managing Basic Infrastructure Projects of Rural Development Communal Plans in Morocco. Journal of Rural Development, 37(4), 679–696.


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