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A dynamic framework for managing the complexities of risks in megaprojects.

Boateng, P.; Chen, Z.; Ogunlana, O.S.


P. Boateng

Z. Chen

O.S. Ogunlana


The future of mega infrastructure projects is certain - there will be more risks to manage! The challenge is being met through research and innovation combining current approaches with new. This research adopted a dynamic approach through the combination of Analytical Network Process (ANP) and system dynamics (SD) as an innovative methodology known as SDANP to model complexity in megaprojects design and construction. We communicate how the SDANP model could explore problems caused by Social, Technical, Economic, Environmental and Political (STEEP) risks to construction cost, time and performance and provide insights that lead to organizational learning. We proceed to exemplify by means of a real-life case project in the City of Edinburgh and offer suggestions on what front-ended stakeholders could do to improve the management of risks in megaprojects. The results of the application showed that, when compared to traditional risks assessment methods, this SD model with integrated ANP revealed improvements in managing risks according to STEEP risks criteria. The new framework appears to be a superior solution for solving the dynamic complexities of risks during megaproject design and construction. The findings of the study contribute to the project management theoretical development within the field of megaproject management.


BOATENG, P., CHEN, Z. and OGUNLANA, O.S. 2016. A dynamic framework for managing the complexities of risks in megaprojects. International journal of technology and management research [online], 1(5), pages 1-13. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 13, 2015
Online Publication Date May 10, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 4, 2016
Journal International journal of technology and management research
Print ISSN 2026-6480
Publisher Koforidua Technical University (KTU)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 5
Pages 1-13
Keywords Analytical network process; Megaprojects; Risk complexity; System dynamics
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