The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management


Chunlin Yu

Coping with Complexity in Megaprojects

Research supervisors: Professor Andrew Davies and Dr Eleni Papadonikolaki
Start date: 23 September 2019

Megaprojects are usually composed of heterogeneous projects with great differences in technical difficulty, system correlation and unknown factors, which forms large amounts of complexity in megaprojects. In megaprojects, apart from the external environment, the sub-projects or sub-systems will also generate huge complexity, so the selection and construction of organisational modes are significantly correlated to the complexity of sub-projects. Therefore, it is necessary to explain the organisational diversity of megaprojects from the perspective of complexity.

My research aims to explore how organisations cope with the complexity of megaprojects, further revealing the mechanism and dynamic process of selection and construction of organisation modes of megaprojects and explaining the relevance between megaproject organisation modes and project complexity, in order to guide the organisational management practice of other megaprojects. In addition, how to address cognitive problems is necessary to study in future research to further optimise the relative research on how to deal with complexity in megaprojects.