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International Handbook on Mega-Projects

International Handbook on Mega-Projects

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Edited by Hugo Priemus and Bert van Wee

This comprehensive and accessible Handbook presents state-of-the-art research on the decision-making processes in the deliverance of mega-projects – large infrastructure projects for the transportation of people and/or goods.

Chapter 5: Dealing with the complexity, uncertainties and risk of megaprojects: redundancy, resilience and adaptivity

Hugo Priemus, Marian Bosch-Rekveldt and Mendel Giezen

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, transport, environment, transport, urban and regional studies, transport


Projects can be defined in two ways: the ‘temporary organization that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more products’ and the ‘product such as a piece of transport infrastructure which is the result of the process of preparation and implementation’ (Murray, 2009, p. 3).Thus, a project can be defined as a process and as a product. In both definitions the ultimate goal of a project is to create value for the stakeholders, with the content of the term ‘value’ being different for the various stakeholders(Achterkamp and Vos, 2008). When we talk about mega-projects first of all we have the products in mind. When we talk about project management we think of the temporary organization and the process.

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