Major Knowledge Diffusion Paths of Megaproject Management: A Citation-Based Analysis

Hengqin Wu, Xiaolong Xue, Zebin Zhao, Zeyu Wang, Geoffrey Qiping Shen, Xiaowei Luo

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10 Citations (Scopus)


This article integrates social network analysis and main path analysis to investigate progress in megaproject management (MPM) from the perspective of knowledge diffusion. After measuring three major knowledge diffusion paths of MPM, the authors find that MPM is mainly driven by a set of problems and puzzles. The findings provide an exciting opportunity to advance existing understanding of MPM from an alternative angle of knowledge diffusion that considers the underlying associations among publications. Moreover, this article employs quantitative methods to examine citation data of publications, thus providing more unbiased and in-depth analysis to illustrate the development of MPM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-261
Number of pages20
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020


  • knowledge diffusion
  • main path analysis
  • megaproject management
  • modularity optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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