Merrow, E W (2011) Industrial megaprojects: concepts, strategies and practices for success. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

Industrial megaprojects: concepts, strategies and practices for success By Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 2011. ISBN 978-0-470-93882-9, £42.50 (hb)

Publisher’s description: Over half of large-scale engineering and construction projects—off-shore oil platforms, chemical plants, metals processing, dams, and similar projects—have miserably poor results. These include billions of dollars in overruns, long delays in design and construction, and poor operability once finally completed. Industrial Megaprojects gives you a clear, nontechnical understanding of why these major projects get into trouble, and how your company can prevent hazardous and costly errors when undertaking such large technical and management challenges. Clearly explains the underlying causes of over-budget, delayed, and unsafe megaprojects. Examines effects of poor project management, destructive team behaviours, weak accountability systems, short-term focus, and lack of investment in technical expertise. Author is the CEO of the leading consulting firm for evaluating billion-dollar projects. Companies worldwide are rethinking their large-scale projects following the BP’s disastrous Gulf oil spill. Industrial Megaprojects is your essential guide for this rethink, offering the tools and principles that are the true foundation of safe, cost-effective, successful megaprojects.

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About Will

Professor of Construction Management and Economics, University of Reading, UK. Editor-in-Chief, Construction Management and Economics (1992-2016). Programme Director, MSc Construction Management. School Director of Postgraduate Teaching Programmes.
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