Investigating key challenges in major public engineering projects by a network-theory based analysis of stakeholder concerns: A case study

Ka Yan Mok, Qiping Shen, Rebecca J. Yang, Clyde Zhengdao Li

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Using case study and network-theory based analysis in a large reclamation project, this paper investigated the key stakeholder concerns and concern interdependencies of MEPs, and how they bring major challenges confronted by stakeholders. The network analysis identifies five major challenges of the case: “applying highly advanced and complex construction technology”, “mitigating project disruptions to the environment and marine ecology”, “conducting public and community consultation during construction phase”, “site constraints due to nearby air and marine traffic”, and “meeting government standard on the quality of new materials and equipment”. Recommendations are provided to alleviate these problems for future MEPs. This paper contributes to a new angle, the network perspective, of analyzing stakeholder concern interdependencies and their practical implications on MEPs. The findings provide useful insights on common pitfalls of MEPs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-94
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Major engineering project
  • Network analysis
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Stakeholder concern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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