To identify and develop new theoretical and applied research on mega-projects, LUISS Business School has the pleasure to host the 4th International Mega-Projects Workshop.

The workshop brings together scholars and practitioners to further understanding of mega-projects: it allows established and emerging scholars to present their work, interact with other scholars studying related topics, transfer lessons learned across mega-projects and to the participating organizations, and hear the latest trends in mega-projects research.

We call for expressions of interest to present though provoking ideas that can spur debates and develop research questions on the mega-project phenomenon. As the workshop connects theory with practice, we encourage papers that combine theoretical grounding with phenomenon-driven questions that can shape practice. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What are key challenges in managing mega-projects? How can those challenges be overcome?
  • What drives high-performing mega-projects? How might they be different across industries?
  • How can we measure mega-project’s performance and how might this change over the lifecycle of the project?
  • How does the role of mega-project constituencies influence their definition of performance?
  • How can actors transfer lessons learned from one project to another and into their respective organizations?
  • How do the economic and political contexts in which mega-projects are situated influence their performance?
  • What are the different alternatives for the design of mega-project organization?
  • What collaboration models and capabilities enhance and improve the quality of innovation?


  • Raymond Levitt, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Standford University; Director of Global Projects Center and Academic Director ofStanford Advanced Project Management Program 
  • Gernot Grabher, Professor of Urban and Regional Economic Studies at the HafenCity University Hamburg
  • Mark Thurston, Regional Managing Director at CH2M, world’s leading consulting company on complex infrastructure, megaprojects and natural resource problems. He has been involved in some of the UK’s most important and recent megaprojects, London Olympic Games 2012 and Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

In addition to research papers, the conference seeks to engage project managers to understand and discuss future research on the key challenges they face today.

Please do not hesitate to submit an expression of interest (through an extended abstract or a draft paper) in participating and presenting your work to Francesca Di Pietro ( before 15 March 2016. Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted for the Workshop by 15 April 2016.

The 4th International Mega-projects Workshop is sponsored by the Project Management Institute, therefore the participation for accepted authors does not carry any fees.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rome!

Scientific Committee

  • Andrew Davies (
    Professor of Management of Projects in the School of Construction and Project Management, the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London
  • Nuno Gil (
    Professor of New Infrastructure Development Manchester Business School (co-organizer)
  • Andrea Prencipe (
    Professor of Organisation and Innovation, Department of Business and Management, University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy (local organizer)
  • Jonas Søderlund (
    Professor, Department of Leadership and Management, BI Norwegian Business School

Organising Committee

  • Mariangela Barbuzzi (
    Project Coordinator, Executive Education, LUISS University, Rome, Italy
  • Francesca Di Pietro (
    Post-doc Researcher, Department of Business and Management, LUISS University, Rome, Italy
  • Richard Tee (
    Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Management, LUISS University, Rome, Italy
  • Francesca Vicentini (
    Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Law, LINK Campus University, Rome, Italy