Introduction: The Iron Law of Megaproject Management

Flyvbjerg, Bent (2017) Introduction: The Iron Law of Megaproject Management. In: Flyvbjerg, Bent, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-0198732242

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The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management provides state-of-the-art scholarship in the emerging field of megaproject management.

Megaprojects are large, complex projects which typically cost billions of dollars and impact millions of people, like building a high-speed rail line, a megadam, a national health or pensions IT system, a new wide-body aircraft, or staging the Olympics.

The book contains 25 chapters written especially for this volume, covering all aspects of megaproject management, from front-end planning to actual project delivery, including how to deal with stakeholders, risk, finance, complexity, innovation, governance, ethics, project breakdowns, and scale itself. Individual chapters cover the history of the field and relevant theory, from behavioral economics to lock-in and escalation to systems integration and theories of agency and power. All geographies are covered - from the US to China, Europe to Africa, South America to Australia - as are a wide range of project types, from "hard" infrastructure to "soft" change projects. In-depth case studies illustrate salient points.

The Handbook offers a rigorous, research-oriented, up-to-date academic view of the discipline, based on high-quality data and strong theory. It will be an indispensable resource for students, academics, policy makers, and practitioners.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: project management, megaproject management, megaprojects
Subject(s): Project management
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 10:35
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 09:58
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