The failure of transport megaprojects: Lessons from developed and developing countries

Luke Rose, Christoper Savage, Andrew Jenkins, Logan Fransman

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Transport megaprojects are essential to economic growth and development, yet attract high risks and are prone to failure. Projects fail for a number of reasons and when they do, their impacts are severe. This is especially true in developing countries, where the cost of a project is typically far higher than those in developed countries, whose GDPs are much higher in relative terms. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the failures of megaprojects in developing and developed countries to establish as basis for comparison in the reasons for project failure. The study finds that projects in developing countries tend to be poorly justified in feasibility studies and under-resourced in operations, making them particularly prone to high failure rates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Pan­Pacific  Conference XXXIV
Subtitle of host publicationDesigning New Business Models in Developing Economies
EditorsSang M. Lee, Vincent Charles
PublisherPan-Pacific Business Association
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)1931649277
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017
EventPAN-PACIFIC CONFERENCE XXXIV: Designing New Business Models in Developing Economies - Lima, Peru
Duration: 29 May 201731 May 2017
Conference number: XXXIV (Link to Conference Programme)


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