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 7: The Gotthard Base Tunnel: the work of a century

Nathalie Drouin and Ralf Müller


Megaprojects are complex in themselves and complex to manage. The Gotthard Base Tunnel is a case in point, with its scale, duration and stakeholders’ involvement. In this chapter, we examine the traits of two Swiss leaders who have contributed to the realization of the tunnel. When researching for and writing this chapter, we learned about this legendary megaproject that epitomizes the spirit of the Swiss but, more specifically, highlights the importance of the need for diverse skills in different project phases and of adopting a governance structure that facilitates decision-making.

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