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Megaproject Leaders

Reflections on Personal Life Stories

9781789902969 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Nathalie Drouin, Professor of Project Management, Department of Management (École des Sciences de la gestion), Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), Canada; Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Executive Director of KHEOPS, International Research Consortium on the Governance of Large Infrastructure Projects, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Shankar Sankaran, Professor of Organizational Project Management, School of the Built Environment, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, and a core researcher of megaproject management, Centre for Informatics Research and Innovation, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Alfons van Marrewijk, Professor of Construction Cultures, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Adjunct Professor of Project Management, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway and Ralf Müller, Professor of Project Management, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway and Editor-in-Chief of the Project Management Journal
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 296 9 Extent: 328 pp
Megaproject Leaders brings together 18 prominent academics who interviewed 16 great megaproject leaders originating from 10 different countries. Based on a reflective methodological approach, these chapters investigate the managing of megaprojects from a human perspective, identify new trends in the managing of megaprojects and identify lessons learned from the personal views of the interviewees. The novel ideas presented will appeal to academics, practitioners and university students.

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Megaproject Leaders brings together 18 prominent academics who interviewed 16 great megaproject leaders originating from 10 different countries. Based on a reflective methodological approach, these chapters investigate the managing of megaprojects from a human perspective, identify new trends in the managing of megaprojects and identify lessons learned from the personal views of the interviewees. The novel ideas presented will appeal to academics, practitioners and university students.
Critical Acclaim
‘The management of megaprojects is one of the most fascinating themes in project management. We witness an increasing amount of research and publications dedicated to megaprojects – but the research documents a criminal negligence of the key people that drive, shape and influence the success or failure of megaprojects. This new book makes a fundamental difference. It focuses on the key people, who jointly manage successfully very complex megaprojects.’
– Hans Georg Gemünden, Professor Emeritus of Technology and Innovation Management, TU Berlin, Germany

‘This well written book is a rich source on the leading of landmark megaprojects. Using case studies from different continents, the authors craft out the complexity, insecurity, ambiguity and social impact of these projects. I especially like that the authors shed light on the personal context, energy and values of the project leaders enabling them to accomplish these immense endeavors. These megaprojects are interwoven with the lives and careers of their project leaders. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to see the adventures/evolution of megaprojects and their leaders.’
– Martina Huemann, WU Vienna, Austria, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Project Management

‘The ever growing body of work examining “megaprojects” and major project and programme management has focused on governance, structure, strategy and management but has been relatively silent on the core issue of leadership. This book will be a critical and vital contribution to filling that gap and will be an important resource for anyone studying or working on megaprojects and interested in the role and impact of leadership. I think this book will be a vital go to source, not only for students and researchers but also very importantly, for current and aspirant leaders of megaprojects.’
– Tyrone Pitsis, Durham University, UK
Contributors
Contributors: M. Brunet, S. Clegg, A. Davies, N. Drouin, D. Freeder, A. Mahalingam, H. Maylor, R. Müller, B. Naughton, S. Sankaran, Y. Schoper, N. Sergeeva, Q. Shi, J. Steen, A. van Marrewijk, L. Wang, C. Xiao, F. Zhu




Contents
Contents:

Author biographies ix
Foreword by Jeffrey K. Pinto xvii
Acknowledgements xix

SECTION I INTRODUCTION
1 What is done through the lens of megaproject leaders’ life stories 2
Nathalie Drouin, Alfons van Marrewijk, Shankar
Sankaran and Ralf Müller
2 A biographical research approach 12
Alfons van Marrewijk, Shankar Sankaran, Ralf Müller
and Nathalie Drouin

SECTION II THE BIOGRAPHICAL LIFE STORIES
3 3 instead of 24 – complete closure of the A40 motorway 21
Yvonne Schoper
4 Storytelling from the authentic leader of High Speed 2
(HS2) Ltd. infrastructure megaproject in the United Kingdom 47
Natalya Sergeeva and Andrew Davies
5 Transformation2 : leading a megaproject turnaround 62
Bernard Naughton and Harvey Maylor
6 Developing a partnership in the Schiphol–Amsterdam–
Almere megaproject 84
Alfons van Marrewijk
7 The Gotthard Base Tunnel: the work of a century 101
Nathalie Drouin and Ralf Müller
8 The project owner and the project manager: the M4
motorway connecting Sydney from the west to the east 119
Daphne Freeder, Shankar Sankaran and Stewart Clegg
9 The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa:
a labour of love and learning 139
Daphne Freeder, Shankar Sankaran and Stewart Clegg
10 Childhood experiences and personality meet opportunity:
the formative development of a megaproject innovator 150
John Steen
11 Incheon Bridge, South Korea: the actualization of
a landmark envisioned a century ago 166
Maude Brunet
12 The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge and its project leader 181
Qian Shi and Chao Xiao
13 Attention and mindfulness: a tale of two megaprojects 201
Linzhuo Wang and Fangwei Zhu
14 Megaproject leadership in the developing world: an Indian
perspective 215
Ashwin Mahalingam
15 How to lead an urban megaproject: lessons from the Canada Line 232
Nathalie Drouin
16 Hydro-Québec megaprojects: learnings from a leader 248
Nathalie Drouin

SECTION III INSIGHTS AND CONCLUSIONS
17 Insights from personal perspectives 270
Ralf Müller, Alfons van Marrewijk, Nathalie Drouin and
Shankar Sankaran
18 Conclusions and reflections: what have we learnt about
megaproject leaders? 288
Shankar Sankaran, Alfons van Marrewijk, Nathalie
Drouin and Ralf Müller

Index 298

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