Megaproject management and leadership: A narrative analysis of life stories- past and present

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International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 2018, 11 (1), pp. 53 - 79
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While there have been papers and books presented and published about megaprojects, investigating project history and projects that can be considered as classics , very little attention seems to have been paid to lessons learnt from the life-stories of megaproject managers in the project management journals. This paper aims to address this gap by analyzing four stories two recently published life-stories of contemporary megaproject managers and two life-stories of landmark megaproject managers. The paper uses a narrative inquiry approach with thematic analysis of the life-stories to explain what we can learn from these stories with a focus on leading and managing megaprojects. Some secondary data sources have also been used to when it was relevant. The paper also reflects on the use of life stories to collect and analyze data for a narrative-based approach to conduct research in the project management field and suggests how the approach can be improved.
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