Megaproject Leaders
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Megaproject Leaders

Reflections on Personal Life Stories

Edited by Nathalie Drouin, Shankar Sankaran, Alfons van Marrewijk and Ralf Müller

Megaproject Leaders brings together 18 prominent academics who interviewed 16 great megaproject leaders originating from 10 different countries. Based on a reflective methodological approach, these chapters investigate the managing of megaprojects from a human perspective, identify new trends in the managing of megaprojects and identify lessons learned from the personal views of the interviewees. The novel ideas presented will appeal to academics, practitioners and university students.
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Chapter 3: instead of 24 - complete closure of the A40 motorway

Yvonne Schoper


Major infrastructure projects are in the public eye. Renovating an already chronically congested motorway in a densely populated area for 24 months causes additional traffic jams, lost working time, more fuel and CO2 consumption and billions of euros. Is it therefore wiser to redesign the processes and completely close a motorway for only 3 months, something that was perceived as a taboo? The aim of this chapter is to explain the success of Annegret Schaber who developed and implemented a new process by using the Person-Job fit theory, the Job Crafting theory and the Voice Behaviour theory. The biography of Annegret Schaber and the analysis of her competences will help to understand her behavior in a project that is entitled a milestone in public infrastructure construction in Germany.

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