Megaprojects as Games of Innovation

The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management edited by Bent Flyvbjerg, 2016

MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 5162-16

24 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2016

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Roger Miller

EMD School of Management

Donald R. Lessard

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Vivek Sakhrani

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineering Systems Division; CPCS Transcom Inc.

Date Written: January 29, 2016

Abstract

Megaprojects (MPs) are intricate solutions shaped over many years to fit specific contexts and market needs. This chapter focuses on MPs as games of innovation where sponsors, experts, and potentially opposing stakeholders interact to shape opportunities into projects, and to design and deliver these projects. Each project calls for multiple innovative choices over time in the face of foreseeable and emerging issues, in a design tradespace that reflects multiple dimensions of value. Keeping these trade-offs alive over the life of the project requires that sponsors and experts master the inherent complexity of megaprojects and develop architectures and processes that deliver with requisite complexity.

Keywords: Megaprojects (MPs), large engineering projects (LEPs), games of innovation, shaping, design tradespace, dynamic capabilities, integrative capabilities, complexity

JEL Classification: D81, D82, D83, H54, R42

Suggested Citation

Miller, Roger and Lessard, Donald R. and Sakhrani, Vivek, Megaprojects as Games of Innovation (January 29, 2016). The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management edited by Bent Flyvbjerg, 2016, MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 5162-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2724691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2724691

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