Exploring the Use of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) in Front-Ending Public-Funded Rural Bridge Construction Projects in Bangladesh

  • Shah Saadi
  • Gary Bell


This chapter highlights some limitations of traditional project management through examples of unsuccessful rural bridge projects in Bangladesh. Many of the causes can be linked with poor front-end practice, and provides further evidence to support the Management of Projects paradigm. The three distinctive Management of Project levels (i.e., technical core, strategic envelope, and institutional context) are outlined. We discuss the public value idea, value creation concept, soft systems methodology, and a project strategy framework which have connectivity with project front-ending. Moreover, project front-ending is an integral component of the strategic envelope. Soft systems methodology is applied to improving the approach to commissioning of rural bridges. It guides “learning our way” to developing an agreed purposeful process, which may facilitate projects that consistently achieve project success.


Management of projects Project strategy Public value Soft systems methodology Value creation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shah Saadi
    • 1
  • Gary Bell
    • 2
  1. 1.Ministry of Public AdministrationDhakaBangladesh
  2. 2.University of Sussex Business SchoolUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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