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Project Cost Overrun
Causes, Consequences, and Investment Decisions


  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2022
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107173040

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  • Cost overrun is common in public and private sector projects. Costs tend to grow, plans fail and financial problems follow, but how can we approve the right projects if we cannot estimate their true cost? This book, for academics in project management, management accounting and corporate finance, as well as for managers in the public and private sectors, offers a new way of thinking about the causes and consequences of cost overrun for firms and society. It demonstrates that there is a logic behind cost growth and overrun, identifies projects and situations that are more vulnerable, and examines the effects of increased costs. It further identifies the negative and positive consequences of cost overrun, analyses how and why preconditions for cost overrun differ when the logic governing private firms dominates versus the logic of the political sector, and explains why cost can sometimes be of lesser importance to decision makers.

    • Approaches the topical subject of project cost overrun in a new light, providing new perspectives and approaches on the positive effects of cost overrun, differences in the logic of economics and politics, and terror management theory
    • Provides scholarly, critical analysis and evidence to support the practical backbone of the work, allowing readers to apply their knowledge to real-life situations
    • Approaches private and public sector projects with equal importance, using previously-unseen data from the private sector to highlight valuable lessons on cost overrun
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    'Projects running over budget and behind schedule are commonplace. Yet our knowledge about the causes remained piecemeal and scattered across various scholarly fields. The impressive review of the insights on the causes and consequences of such overruns offered in this book thus is highly topical - and the proposed model promises to enhance project management in practice just as much as scholarly research on the topic.' Stefan Linder, ESSEC Business School, France

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107173040
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Project planning, cost estimates and deviations in major projects
    3. The consequences of cost overrun
    4. A model of cost overrun and growth
    5. The logic of economics versus the logic politics
    6. Explaining cost overrun, summary and conclusions.

  • Author

    Esbjörn Segelod, Mälardalens Högskola, Sweden
    Esbjörn Segelod is Professor in Business Administration at Mälardalen University, and was previously at Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden and Uppsala Universitet, Sweden. Most of his research has focused on the appraisals, assessments and processes associated with investments in major firms, entrepreneurship, the economic aspects of software development and accounting history. He has previously published nine books, four as editor.

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