Fostering “the Giants” through programme management: The use of programme management in Indonesian megaprojects development.

Authors: Delphine Delphine*, Utrecht University, Yudhi Timor Bimo Prakoso, Directorate General of Regional Development, The Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs, Patrick Witte, Utrecht University, Tejo Spit, Utrecht University
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Development, Asia
Keywords: programme management, megaproject, Indonesia, project management, large-infrastructure
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8216, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Generally, the megaproject management involves temporary organization, mainly due to the nature of megaproject as unusual business. There are two persistent problems with the temporary organization of megaproject management. First, due to limited amount of time available, it is hard for the team members to build the capacity to deal with uncertainty and ambiguity. Second, the ambitions of megaproject investment such as economic growth work in a context-dependency setting in which interrelated factors influence the outcome; however, the success factors so far have been only determined by the ‘iron triangles', time, cost and project quality. Dealing with these problems, this paper argues that placing megaprojects with the same strategic goals into a programme might be beneficial. We aim to contribute to the literature on megaproject and programme management by exploring whether the characteristics of programme management could be beneficial in practice to deal with the both temporality and context dependency nature of megaproject. Particularly, we ask what are the prominent characteristics and mechanisms of programme management that would be beneficial to deal with the issue of the temporality and context dependency of megaproject’. From the precedent definitions of a programme, we explore three important elements, coordination, additional benefits and interaction that can be the starting point to answer the research question. We bring in a case study of the acceleration of infrastructure programme in Indonesia. We performed policy analysis and conducted in-depth content analysis on policy documents, online officials media and interviews with the practitioners.

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