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1 1st workshop: Megaprojects: Theory meets Practice
London, September Organisers: Nuno Gil, Professor of New Infrastructure Development Andrew Davies, Professor of the Management of Projects

2 WHO ARE WE? Scholars in built environment schools
Scholars in business schools Practitioners: working for clients, for the project supply chains, for governmental authorities

3 OUR GOALS Advancing shared understanding on an important socio-economic phenomenon – megaprojects Learn from different research perspectives: organization design, innovation, design, project management, institutions, etc. Invigorate theoretically rigorous research empirically grounded on megaprojects Bring theory and practice together- be rigorous and relevant

What form of organization are megaprojects? How does innovation, design happens in megaprojects? Why has ‘lean’ struggled to make inroads in megaprojects? Have strategic misrepresentation and optimism bias made a disservice to our understanding of megaprojects? What are the challenges in using megaproject phenomena for advancing management & organization theory? What value can megaproject grounded-theory have to the megaproject practice?

5 OUR PROGRAMME: Thursday morning
(presentations) - Alfons van Marrewijk ( VU University Amsterdam) Organizing Mega-projects: Understanding their Cultural Practices - Nuno Gil (MBS): What is a (mega)design commons? (break) (presentations and panel discussion) - Don Lessard (MIT): Project Shaping and Risk Management (via skype) - William Wu (Imperial College Business School), Andrew Davies (UCL), Lars Frederiksen (Aarhus University): Designing an Ecocity: Building Capabilities in a Nascent Market - Gernot Grabher, Joachim Thiel (HafenCity University of Hamburg): Projects, People and Professions: Trajectories of Learning through Mega-Projects (Lunch)

6 OUR PROGRAMME: Thursday afternoon
(presentations) Sam Macaulay (Imperial College Business School), Andrew Davies (UCL): Constructing Innovation Strategy in Megaprojects Colm Lundrigan, Nuno Gil (MBS): Megaprojects: A Hybrid, evolving meta-organisation Jennifer Whyte (Reading University): Digital delivery of megaprojects (Break) (Presentations and Panel Discussion) Richard Tee (EPFL), Andrew Davies (UCL), Jennifer Whyte (Reading): Modular Components, Integrated Practices: Managing Interdependence in Temporary Organizations Tyrone Pitsis (Newcastle Business School) The Immaculate Conception: Why we need some miracles (cancelled) (Discussion) Andrea Prencipe, LUISS & Gernot Grabher, HafenCity University of Hamburg

7 DINNER: Bacco Restaurant & wine bar (25-26 Red Lion Street, Holborn)

8 OUR PROGRAMME: Friday (Introduction) Don Ward, Constructing Excellence CEO Key note speaker Sir John Armitt, Chairman, Olympic Delivery Authority (Presentations ) Jason Prior, Global Head of Building & Places, AECOM Simon Kirby, Managing Director of Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail (Coffee) (Presentations & Panel Discussion) Ailie MacAdam, Delivery Director, Crossrail/Bechtel Steven Livingston, T2 Programme Director, Heathrow Ltd. Roy Hill, Project Director, High Speed 2 Ltd/ CH2M HILL (Lunch) (Closing debate)

9 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AECOM (Jason Prior, Paul Dyson, & team) Constructing Excellence (Don Ward) Centre for Infrastructure Development (Manchester) School of Construction &Property Development (UCL) Our distinguished speakers All participants

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