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Global Projects
Institutional and Political Challenges

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Ray E. Levitt, Ryan J. Orr, W. Richard Scott, Karlos Artto, Jaakko Kujala, Doug McAdam, Ashwin Mahalingam, Amy Javernick-Will, Hilary Schaffer Boudet, Jenna Davis, Henry Chan, Witold J. Henisz, Stephen F. Jooste
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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521181907

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  • As the world's population continues to grow, there is an ever increasing need for huge investment in basic infrastructure: water and sewage, energy production and distribution, transportation and telecommunication. At the same time, infrastructure systems in developed countries are deteriorating and in need of renewal. Today, many of the engineering and economic problems surrounding infrastructure construction projects have been solved, but the threat of social misalignments and political conflicts renders the development and management of such projects more challenging than ever before. This book presents a new theoretical framework that allows us to analyze the institutional and social movement processes, both negative and positive, that surround global infrastructure projects as they confront cross-national and cross-sectoral (such as private-public partnerships) institutional differences. The value of this framework is illustrated through a series of studies on a wide range of infrastructure projects, including roads, railroads, ports, airports, water supply and energy pipelines.

    • Presents a new theoretical framework that allows readers to understand the institutional and social movement processes that surround global infrastructure projects
    • Features a variety of empirical examples of infrastructure projects, including roads, railroads, ports, airports, water supply and energy pipelines
    • Brings together an experienced team of academics and consultants with many years of industry experience
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Project organizations have been around a long time – think of master builders coordinating the work of many trades in the construction of a cathedral. But until the advent of modern communications and transportation projects were limited geographically and conducted face-to-face. Scott, Levitt, and Orr show us how projects now span space, culture, and political boundaries in the development of megaprojects of vast scale. Global projects greatly increase the possibilities for what engineering can accomplish, but the ensuing social, cultural, and technological complexity creates new challenges as well. A very timely and well researched book.”
    – Nicole Biggart, Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency and Professor of Management, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

    “A major step forward in the understanding of large-scale, multiparty, international projects as a business model and organization form and how these projects interact with the political and institutional contexts within which they are embedded. A must-read for scholars interested in projects as organizations, international business, and the interactions of business with social and political institutions in general. It also provides excellent framing for reflective practitioners engaged in such projects.”
    – Donald Lessard, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, MIT Sloan, and co-author (with Roger Miller) of Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects (2000)

    “This book is a must-read for anyone interested in large global projects, and especially their institutional and political contexts.”
    – Bent Flyvbjerg, BT Professor of Major Programme Management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and principal author of Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521181907
    • length: 472 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of contributors
    Preface Ray E. Levitt and Ryan J. Orr
    Introduction W. Richard Scott
    Part I. Foundational Themes:
    1. Global projects: distinguishing features, drivers, and challenges Ryan J. Orr, W. Richard Scott, Raymond E. Levitt, Karlos Artto and Jaakko Kujala
    2. The institutional environment of global projects W. Richard Scott
    3. Social movements and the growth in opposition to global projects Doug McAdam
    Part II. Institutional Differences and Global Projects: Empirical Studies:
    4. Rules vs. results: sources and resolution of institutional conflicts on Indian Metro Railway projects Ashwin Mahalingam, Raymond E. Levitt and W. Richard Scott
    5. Institutional exceptions on global projects: a process model Ryan J. Orr and W. Richard Scott
    6. Local embeddedness of firms and strategies for dealing with uncertainty in global projects Ryan J. Orr and Raymond E. Levitt
    7. Who needs to know what? Institutional knowledge and global projects Amy Javernick-Will and W. Richard Scott
    Part III. Political Conflicts and Global Projects:
    8. Site fights: explaining opposition to oil and gas pipeline projects in the developing world Doug McAdam, Hilary Schaffer Boudet, Jenna Davis, Ryan J. Orr, W. Richard Scott and Raymond E. Levitt
    9. To talk or to fight? Effects of strategic, cultural and institutional factors on renegotiation approaches in public-private concessions Henry Chan and Raymond E. Levitt
    Part IV. Governance Strategies and Structures:
    10. Network-based strategies and competencies for political and social risk management Witold J. Henisz
    11. Organizations enabling public-private partnerships: an organization field approach Stephen F. Jooste and W. Richard Scott

  • Editors

    W. Richard Scott, Stanford University, California
    W. Richard Scott is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology with courtesy appointments in the Schools of Business, Education and Medicine at Stanford University. He is also a senior researcher in the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) at Stanford.

    Raymond E. Levitt, Stanford University, California
    Raymond E. Levitt is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) at Stanford University.

    Ryan J. Orr, Stanford University, California
    Ryan J. Orr teaches project finance and infrastructure investment in the Graduate School of Business and the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where he is also Executive Director at the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP).


    Ray E. Levitt, Ryan J. Orr, W. Richard Scott, Karlos Artto, Jaakko Kujala, Doug McAdam, Ashwin Mahalingam, Amy Javernick-Will, Hilary Schaffer Boudet, Jenna Davis, Henry Chan, Witold J. Henisz, Stephen F. Jooste

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