Ecosystems approach in the management of megaprojects

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Megaprojects have unique characteristics that challenge the traditional approaches of how projects are managed. We study the management of megaprojects in their early phases, by theorizing on the ecosystems literature. Our empirical case is Tapiola project, a megaproject with the final purpose to renew the Tapiola district in the City of Espoo, in Finland. The project developed from renewal of facades of three buildings into a city center-wide regeneration plan integrating and involving multiple private and public actors and technical sub-systems such as metro, bus station, commercial center, and residential building investments in total over 3 billion euros. The evolution of the megaproject featured some key characteristics of platform ecosystems. We look at the management in the planning phase from a focal public organization’s – City of Espoo’s – perspective, while we acknowledge that in a continuously evolving network of multiple independent organizations, any single organization has a limited ability to influence other organizations in the network. Our research question is: How a focal organization in a megaproject can trigger the
development of the project outcome toward a multi-actor platform? The findings
comprise four propositions about the management of megaprojects. We suggest that instead of seeing planning phase as a constellation for designing a complex and multifaceted outcome, its value is more in its role as developing a platform ecosystem, which enhances materialization of various innovations and value-creation logics through interactions with megaproject’s broader environment. A focal organization through rather subtle and indirect management activities can facilitate the evolvement of the ecosystem in megaproject planning phase and initiate the development of a vivid innovation platform among other ecosystem participants.
Otsikko15th Engineering Project Organization Conference with 5th International Megaprojects Workshop, Stanford Sierra Camp, California, June 5-7, 2017
ToimittajatAshwin Mahalingam, Tripp Shealy, Nuno Gil
TilaJulkaistu - 5 kesäkuuta 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiD3 Ammatillisen konferenssin julkaisusarja
TapahtumaEngineering Project Organization Conference - Lake Tahoe, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 5 kesäkuuta 20177 kesäkuuta 2017
Konferenssinumero: 15


ConferenceEngineering Project Organization Conference
KaupunkiLake Tahoe

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