Underperformance is a common threat to megaproject managers and the track record of cost and time overruns in these projects is well documented. While front end planning is important, not all events and scenarios can be foreseen when the project can take several years to complete and may involve many companies and stakeholders. In our research we find that the capacity to adapt to this uncertainty during the life of the project is crucial for megaproject performance but it is often overlooked as a capability. Using a case study of the construction of a US$20 billion dollar project we show that project leaders play an important role in recognizing when a plan needs to change and then navigating the path onto a new project plan without disrupting the delivery of the project.
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An Anthropological Perspective on the Symbolic Interpretations of the Dutch High Speed Train Megaproject Megaprojects can be perceived as modern symbols; they are crucial for the encapsulation of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. This webinar explores which exegetical meanings (meaning derived from local interpretations) a megaproject can encapsulate and how this shapes the megaproject’s process. We discuss a longitudinal study of how the Dutch High Speed Train megaproject was executed. The findings show three exegetical meanings of the megaproject which were used for strategic goals, resulting in power struggles, delays, cost overrun, and finally a negative symbol of a failed megaproject.
L’objectif de cette conférence est de présenter les résultats du projet Öko entrepris par la Délégation MGP 2018 de l'ESG UQAM, un projet étudiant d’envergure internationale. Découvrez les leçons apprises tirées par les conférenciers à la suite de leurs rencontres avec des organisations allemandes. Provenant de milieux variés, ces organisations ont toutes entrepris des projets de mobilité durable en contexte urbain.Cette présentation permettra de mettre en relief leurs constats sur les pratiques de gestion des parties prenantes favorisant l’acceptabilité sociale. Visibilité, légitimité et approches participatives seront au coeur des discussions.
As project managers, our job is to produce successful projects. But, when we go past our deliverables, we still have a choice: we can deliver forgettable projects, or we can choose to create successful projects that people remember for years.