- The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management
- List of Illustrations
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The Iron Law of Megaproject Management
- Has Megaproject Management Lost Its Way?: Lessons from History
- Cycles in Megaproject Development
- Big Is Fragile: An Attempt at Theorizing Scale
- Institutional Challenges and Solutions for Global Megaprojects
- Megaproject Decision Making and Management: Ethical and Political Issues
- Biggest Infrastructure Bubble Ever?: City and Nation Building with Debt-Financed Megaprojects in China
- Did Megaproject Research Pioneer Behavioral Economics?: The Case of Albert O. Hirschman
- Megaproject Escalation of Commitment: An Update and Appraisal
- Megaprojects as Games of Innovation
- Power and Sensemaking in Megaprojects
- A Collective-Action Perspective on the Planning of Megaprojects
- Understanding Drivers of Megaevents in Emerging Economies
- Innovation and Flexibility in Megaprojects: A New Delivery Model
- Megaproject Stakeholder Management
- Private Finance: What Problems Does It Solve, and How Well?
- Wider Impacts of Megaprojects: Curse or Cure?
- Quality Assurance in Megaproject Management: The Norwegian Way
- The Good Megadam: Does It Exist, All Things Considered?
- Cracking the Code of Megaproject Innovation: The Case of Boeing’s 787
- The Power of Systems Integration: Lessons from London 2012
- Iconic Urban Megaprojects in a Global Context: Revisiting Bilbao
- Private Provision of Public Services: The Case of Australia’s Motorways
- Megaprojects as Political Symbols: South Africa’s Gautrain
- Large Dam Development: From Trojan Horse to Pandora’s Box
Abstract and Keywords
Megaprojects are large and are constantly growing ever larger, and more and more are being built in what has been called the biggest investment boom in history. This chapter serves as an introduction to megaprojects in which they are defined and in which the size of global megaprojects business is estimated. Drivers of the megaproject boom are identified, including monumentalism and the technological sublime; ten things you must know about megaprojects are detailed, from their tendency to suffer from uniqueness bias to their overexposure to black-swan events; and the “iron law of megaprojects” is identified as a main challenge to megaproject management: “Over budget, over time, under benefits, over and over again.” Finally, the main structure of the Handbook is set out as covering the what, the why, and the how of megaproject management, in terms of the challenges, causes, and cures that students of megaprojects must decipher to better understand and better manage them.
Bent Flyvbjerg is Professor and Founding Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University and Founding Director of Oxford's BT Centre for Major Programme Management. He was twice a Visiting Fulbright Scholar to the USA, where he did research at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. His books include Megaprojects and Risk and Decision-Making on Mega-Projects. His publications have been translated into eighteen languages.
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