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MEGA PROJECTS: Lessons for Decision-makers

An Analysis of Selected International Large-scale Transport Infrastructure Projects

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Alok Kaushik

10 December 2016 – Mumbai, India A new resource has been added to the PM World Library related to lessons for decision-makers based on an analysis of selected international large-scale transport infrastructure projects. The new resource is a research publication titled "MEGA PROJECTS - Lessons for Decision-makers: An Analysis of Selected International Large-scale Transport Infrastructure Projects" that provides lessons drawn from a five-year research study of Decision-Making in the Planning, Appraisal and Delivery of Mega Transport Projects (MTPs).

This article was published by OMEGA Centre, a global Centre of Excellence funded by the Volvo Research and Education Foundations (VREF) directed by Professor Harry T. Dimitriou and based at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London (UCL). The centre’s research focuses on achieving a better understanding of  decision making in the planning, appraisal and delivery of 30 selected Mega Transport Projects (MTPs) completed post 1990 in Europe, USA, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The centre Complementing the overarching research question about establishing what has as its overall mission the task of establishing what constitutes a ‘successful’ MTP for the 21st Century in light of the increasing risks and uncertainties that the future poses.

The article talks about the research methodology and case studies that have been considered in detail. The lessons drawn from research are grouped under the following headings - MTPs as ‘agents of change’; MTPs as ‘open systems’; MTPs as ‘organic’ phenomena; the need for proper framing of MTPs; the power of context; the role of sustainable development visions; engaging with MTP stakeholders; institutional, policy and legislative support; the importance of lesson-learning and sharing.

This article would be a relevant read for program/project managers involved in mega projects. It would also be a very interesting read for project management stakeholders in general as the complexities of these projects arouses the natural curiosity to understand how these projects are managed.

To access this new resource, go to the Major Projects and Programmes section in the library at, scroll down and click on “Infrastructure Projects/Programs”, scroll down to resource. Must be a registered and logged in library member to access.