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Organisational design and development in a large rail tunnel project - Influence of heuristics and mantras
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5608-5013
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 35, no 3, 492-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In design phases of large and complex infrastructure projects, a main challenge is to coordinate numerous technical specialists. Heuristics, or cognitive rules of thumb, is one factor that may influence the development of organisational structures and routines, especially if project management discretion is high: A longitudinal case study, comprising non-participant observation over three years, was carried out of the early design phase of a major railway tunnel project. Availability and familiarity heuristics were found important, as well as coordination neglect a general tendency to focus more on partitioning tasks than on coordination needs. Satisficing, meaning that the first acceptable organising solution is selected and retained, was found to be strong in temporary, transitory contexts. Shared heuristics were manifest as short catchphrases, or mantras. Clients should develop meta-routines and meta-functions to support adaptation within, and learning between, projects.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2017. Vol. 35, no 3, 492-503 p.
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Infrastructure projects, Coordination, Heuristics, Decision-making, Megaprojects, Design
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206273DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.12.006ISI: 000397074100020Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85009160053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-206273DiVA: diva2:1095192
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Available from: 2017-05-12 Created: 2017-05-12 Last updated: 2017-05-12Bibliographically approved

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