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 4: Storytelling from the authentic leader of High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd. infrastructure megaproject in the United Kingdom

Natalya Sergeeva and Andrew Davies


Storytelling is an important means of making sense of shared experiences and sharing stories is an essential part of organising. Some stories are concerned with specific events or people, while others take a form of biographies. Stories are informed by personal experiences providing the listener with the opportunity to understand the life world of the storyteller. Stories and storytelling are the means of connecting past experiences with present and future aspirations and imaginings. This book chapter shares a life story told by Mark Thurston, the authentic leader, the Chief Executive Officer of High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd., the UK’s infrastructure megaproject. From the life story interview with Mark, we learned that personal values and authenticity are important parts of establishing self-identity of megaproject leaders and associated organisational identities. Stories and storytelling with a sense of humour are important parts of personal and organisational life.

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