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Organization, technology & management in construction : an international journal, Vol.5 No.1 July 2013. -

Mega Construction Projects MCPs represent a strategic

option towards achieving sustainable development objectives

in developing countries. On the one hand, these projects are

charaterised with the need for high design knowledge and

technical skills; competent human resources and managerial

capabilities as well as excessive cost investment. Conversely,

developing countries experience shortage of many of these

requirements, which obstruct the development of MCPs. This

paper aims to identify, validate, and classify the challenges of

delivering MCPs in developing countries. Towards achieving

this aim, two approaches were employed, namely literature

review and case studies, to accomplish four objectives.

• Reviewing the nature and characteristics of developing countries and MCPs; identifying the challenges of delivering MCPs

in developing countries and establishing the need for MCPs in

developing countries.

• Validating the challenges identified from Litearture review

through collecting and analysing 36 case studies of MCPs in

developeding countries. Case studies confirmed many of the

identified challenges and added new insights that were not covered in current literature.

• Classifying the identified clalenges into four categories:

engineering challenges, human development challenges, managerial and political challenges and sustainability challenges.

• Outlining research conclusions and recommendations useful

for delivering successful MCPs in developing countries.

Mega Construction Projects; Challenges; Sustainable Development; Developing Countries

Author: Ayman Ahmed Ezzat Othman -



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