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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Study of Megaprojects in Developing Economies

This study aims to further our understanding of the relationship between the development process and performance in developments of complex sociotechnical systems in contexts of weak institutions and scarce resources. We ground our research in a sample of capital-intensive infrastructure projects set up to address pressing needs in developing economies. Our analysis reveals two distinct approaches to structure the development process. In the sequential approach, the implementation stage is only allowed to start after planning is substantially completed. Hence, project suppliers are only procured after most critical resources are secured from independent ...

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