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Advanced Introduction to Megaprojects

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Advanced Introduction to Megaprojects

9781800883338 Edward Elgar Publishing
Nathalie Drouin, Professor in Project Management, Department of Management, École des Sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), Canada and Executive Director of KHEOPS, International Research Consortium on the Governance of Large Infrastructure Projects and Rodney Turner, Visiting Professor, University of Leeds School of Civil Engineering and the University of Warwick Advanced Manufacturing Group, UK
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 333 8 Extent: c 224 pp
Taking an innovative look at how megaprojects are managed, including the important Why, What, Who and How elements, this insightful Advanced Introduction is enhanced with case studies of megaprojects from across the globe. Throughout, the authors highlight the fundamental issues in an accessible format, such as why megaprojects are undertaken, what their challenges are, how to market projects and who deals with stakeholder engagement. It also investigates key areas such as governance, management, contractual and decision-making issues.

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Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences, business and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas.

Taking an innovative look at how megaprojects are managed, including the important Why, What, Who and How elements, this insightful Advanced Introduction is enhanced with case studies of megaprojects from across the globe. Throughout, the authors highlight the fundamental issues in an accessible format, such as why megaprojects are undertaken, what their challenges are, how to market projects and who deals with stakeholder engagement. It also investigates key areas such as governance, social value creation, management, contractual and decision-making issues.

Key features:

· Discusses how the creation of narratives can address uncertainty in projects
· Illustrates the pros and cons of a conventional approach to decision-making versus a naturalistic approach
· Provides a post-modernist approach to the management of megaprojects based on flexibility, versatility and ambidexterity
· Highlights the importance of megaproject leadership engaging with stakeholders to align interests and create value effectively

This Advanced Introduction will provide essential reading for practitioners, specifically megaproject leaders, as well as academics of megaproject studies and management studies and projects. Students engaging in project and management studies will also find this enlightening and informative.
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‘Successful megaprojects are a rare species. But here's a book about exactly this. The Elgar Advanced Introduction to Megaprojects is a must read for anyone interested in megaprojects. We all need to learn from the successes in the field.’
– Bent Flyvbjerg, University of Oxford, UK

‘The Elgar Advanced Introduction to Megaprojects takes a unique and fresh perspective on managing mega projects successfully. In the long run what counts is the investment success and the value provided to stakeholders. A must read for decision makers, professionals and researchers.’
– Martina Huemann, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

‘This highly interesting book, written by two renowned authors, tells the reader how to govern large and megaprojects by carefully balancing stability and flexibility in project planning and execution. Using complementary governance approaches, like principal-agent and principal-steward, along with their implementation mechanisms like contracts and decision-making styles, the authors provide for an in-depth understanding of the dynamics in megaprojects and the situational contingency of different governance approaches. A “must read” for everyone interested in megaprojects!’
– Ralf Müller, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

‘A thought-provoking postmodernist view of megaprojects questioning how they have been evaluated in the past. The authors ask two important questions – do they create social value to stakeholders? How do we manage them from that perspective? A valuable addition to the range of megaproject books by prominent scholars in project management, valuable for both research and practice.’
– Shankar Sankaran, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

‘The future challenges for societies can only be solved with megaprojects. Their professional governance will decide if we are able to cope with these issues. But megaprojects are significantly more complex than regular projects. This new book on megaprojects is based on a promising post-modernist approach asking for new competencies for successful megaproject leaders.’
– Yvonne Schoper, HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany

‘Megaprojects generate significant value for social and economic development. This book will make you rethink megaproject management from a postmodernist perspective.’
– Qian Shi, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

‘Megaprojects are vital for delivering net zero; we need to manage them much better. This book shows one way how.’
– Graham Winch, Alliance Manchester Business School, UK
Contents
Contents: Foreword Introduction: resilience and non-profit management PART I WHY? 1. Social value of megaprojects PART II WHAT? 2. Challenges PART III WHO? 3. Internal stakeholders 4. External stakeholders 5. Marketing PART IV HOW? 6. Governance 7. Management 8. Contracts 9. Decisions Concluding remarks to Introduction to Megaprojects Index
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