Acknowledging the role of corruption in large infrastructure projects

Jere Lehtinen, Giorgio Locatelli, Barbara Evans, Karlos Artto, Tristano Sainati

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Corruption is a global nuisance that increases costs and delays of large infrastructure projects and impedes their completion, decreasing benefits and limiting positive social and economic impacts. The growing body of work on corruption in the project management field provides a valuable contribution, but further work is needed to develop a more nuanced understanding. This paper has two key aims. The first aim is to build a preliminary framework for understanding and analysing the stakeholder incentives (both the personal and the organizational) within large infrastructure projects, which explicitly recognizes the role of endemic and normalized corruption. This paper uses stakeholder analysis as a starting point and starts building a new approach that includes an understanding of corrupt or seemingly perverse behaviours on the part of key stakeholders in low-resource settings across project lifecycle. The second aim is to present a research design to explicate how to manage infrastructure development under corrupted conditions. The proposed research design adopts a systematic review approach that focuses on evidence-informed management knowledge. In so doing, it applies a design-oriented research synthesis using CIMO-logic with the purpose of informing academia and practice about how interventions (I) work in different contexts and context-specific problems (C), providing understanding of the mechanisms (M) through which certain outcomes (O) emerge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th EGOS Colloquium
Subtitle of host publicationEnlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations
PublisherEuropean Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
Number of pages24
Publication statusUnpublished - 4 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed conference publication
EventEuropean Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium - The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20196 Jul 2019
Conference number: 35


ConferenceEuropean Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium
Abbreviated titleEGOS
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • corruption
  • stakeholder analysis
  • perverse incentives
  • management interventions
  • CIMO
  • large infrastructure projects


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