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OGLM 2075 - Governance of large-scale project implementation

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


Students will be participate in lecture discussions, collaborate in small groups to take part in the role playing exercises and produce a case study to be presented during the final session. The students will be asked to produce a seminar paper. Seminar paper will build on the exercises done in class.

Course Description

This workshop aims to engage students in one of the most challenging aspects of metropolitan governance : implementation of large scale urban development projects. Building on three case studies of large scale project implementation in three countries, the workshop engages students in analysis of governance processes shaping large scale project implementation in practice. It equips them with analytical tools to identify actors of complex implementation networks spanning from different tiers of government through community groups and practitioners making the plans a reality (or not). Through series of interactive simulations the students are trained to evaluate the work of governance networks shaping the processes of large scale project implementation and evaluate their work vis-à-vis project outcomes. Finally, the workshop explores the ways to manage complex governance networks for better project results. The workshop uses a comparative approach based on case studies of large scale project implementation in three countries. The studies will start with the analysis of large scale development projects (3000 – 6000 residential units in size) that will train students to identify the actors, processes; potential challenges and opportunities project implementation governance. The skills acquired on these ‘smaller' projects will then be used to examine the governance of implementation of two mega projects.


ROSENFELD, Orna (Senior Housing Expert, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)

Pedagogical format

4 sessions of 3 hours.

Course validation

Assessment Rationale: The coursework comprises three elements through which students can progressively build up and contextualise their understanding of the topic. In the course of the workshop series, students will be required to take part in discussions and role playing exercises (project implementation simulation). These exercises will help them not only understand the issues around large scale project implementation governance but assist them completing the coursework. Student Participation 15%,Group presentation 35% Seminar paper (around 1,500 words)50%.


The students are expected to: students are required to attend all sessions, participate in discussions, engage in simulation exercises (read the assigned readings, critically reflect on them and come to class prepared to present and discuss their analysis), to collaborate in small groups, to take part in the simulation exercises, to produce a group work to be presented at the final session and to produce a seminar paper.

Required reading

  • Flyvbjerg B. (2014) What you should Know about Megaprojects and Why: An Overview. Project Management Journal, Vol 45 (April/May), Number 2.
  • Hudson J. and Lowe S. (2009) 'Implementation and Delivery' (Chapter 12), in Hudson J. and Lowe S ‘Understanding the Policy Process: Analysing Welfare Policy and Practice', The Policy Press, Bristol
  • Kickert et al. (1999) Introduction: A Management Perspective on Policy Networks' (Chapter 1) in Kickert et al. (eds) 'Managing Complex Networks', SAGE Publications, London
  • Rosenfeld O. (2013) 'Governance of relocation An Examination of Residential Relocation Processes in Housing Market Renewal areas in England', Housing Studies, 28 (2), pp 338-362
  • Tasan-Kok, T. (2010) Entrepreneurial Governance: Challenges of Large-Scale Property-Led Urban Regeneration Projects, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, Volume 101, Issue 2, pages 126–149