Lifecycle-oriented framing of value at the front end of infrastructure projects
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-review
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||International Journal of Managing Projects in Business|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - Jan 2019|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
Design/methodology/approach Three transport infrastructure projects are compared in a qualitative, document-based study. We map their dimensions of value at the project front end and identify stakeholders’ approaches to lifecycle-oriented framing of value.
Findings Financial, social and comparative value are dominant in the project front end. We frame value into positive and negative dimensions and identify four themes in the lifecycle-oriented framing of value, including uncertainties, timing of cost and benefit realization, project relations, and external sponsorship.
Research limitations/implications The research is limited through the focus on transport infrastructure projects and project front end only, the selection of cases from a single country, and the use of document-based data. The systematic analysis approach has yielded novel analytical frameworks that will be useful for further research.
Practical implications This study identifies value dimensions that are specific to transport infrastructure projects and proposes a framework to assist stakeholders and project managers to better assess and negotiate value when designing their projects.
Originality/value Regional and comparative value are revealed as novel aspects of value specific to infrastructure projects. The alternative lifecycle-oriented frames offer a new way to understand and structure the co-creation of value and shape negotiation for investment decisions in the project. A portfolio perspective to investment decision making is proposed.