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 18: Conclusions and reflections: what have we learnt about megaproject leaders?

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

Abstract

This book focuses upon the central research question: what we can learn from the personal views of megaproject leaders in managing their projects? To answer this question a group of 18 authors used the biographical research method to collect data on the individual lives and work of 16 leaders of megaprojects from all over the world. This gave us an opportunity to learn about their family backgrounds, important mentors, family and personal values, turning points in their careers, and frustrations they had to overcome. The cases contribute to valuable lessons from the reflective management practices of these leaders for improving the management of megaprojects. Based upon our research findings we come to three contributions to the theoretical debate on the management of megaprojects: new trends in managing and governing megaprojects; lessons learned from biographical narratives; and the value of the biographical methods in project studies.

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