Mega Projects: Politics, Power and Partnerships

Friday: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PMGinny Greiman

Scholarly research has identified that successful project management is directly linked to the ability of project managers and other key players to understand the importance of organizational politics and how to make it work for project success.  Within every project organization there is tension among the power structure and political organization that require the employment of appropriate tactics to further project visions and goals. The interrelationship between power, politics and partnerships is a key aspect of major projects around the globe which requires strategic planning and governance.  There are four important objectives of this presentation that include: (1) analyzing the strategies of selected major global projects contrasted with the outcomes; (2) reviewing the characteristics, sources and impact of power and politics in megaprojects; (3) exploring the challenges and benefits of public private partnerships as a solution to political interference; and (4) identifying the characteristics of successful leadership in managing power and political influence in large scale programs and enterprises.  The presentation will also address megaproject strategies for identifying, assessing, allocating and mitigating political risk and key questions for the private sector and public institutions in building a successful partnership. The benefits and opportunities for integrating the participants in large scale projects including recent studies on effectively sharing responsibility for risk management, quality, and lifecycle planning will be analyzed. Finally, statistically significant project management leadership dimensions will be explored.



Ginny Greiman

Professor Greiman is an international scholar and expert in the fields of International Law and Development, Megaproject Management and Finance, and National Cyber Security Law and Governance. She teaches and conducts research at Boston University and holds academic and advisory positions at Harvard Law School and served on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Carr Center for Human Rights. She was a teaching fellow and visiting scholar at Universities in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, Hungary, Spain and the UK, and served as a diplomatic official and legal counsel to the U.S. Department of State and USAID in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia and Africa and has held several high level appointments with the U.S. Department of Justice. She held the position of Deputy Counsel and Risk Manager on Boston’s Big Dig Megaproject and her development experience includes executive team and advisory positions with several of the world’s largest megaprojects in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.