Taming Giant Projects

Management of Multi-Organization Enterprises

  • Oskar Grün

Part of the Organization and Management Innovation book series (ORGMANAG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. A New Challenge for Project Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Oskar Grün
      Pages 3-19
  3. Goal Achievement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-23
    2. Oskar Grün
      Pages 24-31
    3. Oskar Grün
      Pages 32-36
    4. Oskar Grün
      Pages 37-55
    5. Oskar Grün
      Pages 56-59
  4. Success Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Oskar Grün
      Pages 69-77
    3. Oskar Grün
      Pages 78-93
    4. Oskar Grün
      Pages 94-104
    5. Oskar Grün
      Pages 131-140
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Oskar Grün
      Pages 143-161
    3. Oskar Grün
      Pages 181-199
    4. Oskar Grün
      Pages 200-213
    5. J. Hauschildt, J. Pulczynski
      Pages 214-234
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Oskar Grün
      Pages 237-257
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-273

About this book


Giant Projects often end in giant failures. From the ancient tower of Babel to the recent Transrapid train, giant projects stumble from crisis to crisis. Based on an analysis of the technical, time, and financial goals from case studies (Olympic Games, university hospitals, and a huge wind energy converter), four success factors in managing giant projects are identified: Formulation and change of goals, basic configuration, socio-political environment, and management structure and capacity. The book focuses on the crucial role of the project owner and the relations among the four success factors. It offers recommendations and guidance on successfully completing giant projects to owners, project managers and contractors.


Change Large-Scale Projects MOEs Management of Innovation Megaprojects Multi-Organization Enterprises Project Failures Project Management management organizations performance strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Oskar Grün
    • 1
  1. 1.Vienna University of Economics and Business AdministrationWienAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05982-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-24818-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site