Insights from personal perspectives

Ralf Müller, Alfons van Marrewijk, Shankar Shankaran, Nathalie Drouin

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This chapter contains the analysis of the biographical life stories presented in the 14 chapters of section II. To analyze these stories, we used a matrix of clusters and temporal categories as presented in the analytical framework in chapter 2. The findings from the analyses allow us to better understand and highlight the personalities of megaproject leaders and how their biographical life stories influenced their learning to manage the challenges they faced during these projects. The findings show that leaders have been influenced by family values, significant others, study, events and incidents, cultural context and political challenges. The path towards becoming a capable megaproject leader was never straight forward but included temporal steep learning curves, multicultural experiences, philosophical insights, and increasing reflexivity of their own role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMegaproject leaders
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on personal life stories
EditorsNathalie Drouin, Shankar Sankaran, Alfons van Marrewijk, Ralf Müller
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781789902976
ISBN (Print)9781789902969
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Publication series

NameNew horizons in organization studies series
PublisherEdward Elgar


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