- 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
This chapter examines how organizations responsible for three UK megaprojects—Heathrow Terminal 5, London 2012 Olympics, and Crossrail—have made significant efforts to create a more innovative and flexible delivery model. This new approach recognizes that over the life of a megaproject, new and unexpected options for delivering it will emerge, including opportunities to take advantage of innovative new practices, processes, and efficiencies made possible by new technology. Drawing upon strategy literature and empirical research conducted between 2005 and 2015, five dynamic capabilities or strategic processes are identified associated with a new innovative and flexible project delivery model—search, adaptive problem solving, test and trial, strategic innovation, and balancing—to help managers address the risks and opportunities involved in megaproject management.
David M. Gann, Vice-President (Development and Innovation), Imperial College, and Professor, Imperial College Business School.
Andrew Davies is Professor in the Management of Projects, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London
Mark Dodgson is Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre at the University of Queensland Business School
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