Do Classics Exist in Megaproject Management?

Flyvbjerg, Bent and Turner, J. Rodney (2017) Do Classics Exist in Megaproject Management? International Journal of Project Management.

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Abstract

This special issue asks, “Do classics exist in megaproject management?” We identify three types of classics:
conventional, Kuhnian, and citation classics. We find that the answer to our question depends on the definition
of “classic” employed. First, “citation classics” do exist in megaproject management, and they perform
remarkably well when compared to the rest of the management literature. A preliminary Top Ten of citation
classics is presented. Second, there is no indication that “conventional classics” exist in megaproject
management, i.e., texts recognized as definitive by a majority of experts. Third, there is also no consensus as to
whether “Kuhnian classics" exist, i.e., texts with paradigmatic clout. The importance of classics seems to be
accepted, however, just as work to develop, discuss, and consolidate classics is seen as essential by megaproject
scholars. A set of guidelines is presented for developing classics in megaproject management research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Operations management
Subject(s): Operations management
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 15:10
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2017 15:10
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/6535

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