Title: Scaling up to speed up? A critical evaluation of programme management in Indonesian megaproject development

Authors: Delphine; Yudhi Timor Bimo Prakoso; Patrick Witte; Tejo Spit

Addresses: Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, Princetonlaan 8a, 5. 3584CB, Utrecht, The Netherlands ' Directorate General of Regional Development, Ministry of Home Affairs Republic Indonesia, JlTaman Makam Pahlawan No. 20, Kalibata Jakarta Selatan, 12750, Indonesia ' Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, Princetonlaan 8a, 5. 3584CB, Utrecht, The Netherlands ' Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, Princetonlaan 8a, 5. 3584CB, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract: For decades, policymakers in developing countries have used megainfrastructure project development to achieve economic growth. However, in practice, megaproject management does not live up to this ambition due to the contradiction between the temporary organisation of megaproject management and the long-term strategic goals embedded. Because of this, there is a strand of literature advocating programme management approach to counteract the complexity of megaproject development. This paper aims to contribute to the literature both on megaproject and programme management by providing a critical evaluation of programme management in dealing with these contradictions, particularly in the case of developing countries. The paper reflects on a case study of the acceleration programme of infrastructure projects in Indonesia through a content analysis and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and experts. The findings show ineffective and inefficient interaction at the project level, especially in dealing with dynamic power relations and unfamiliar funding schemes.

Keywords: programme management; project management; megaproject; governance; KPPIP; programme evaluation; Indonesia.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPOM.2019.102951

International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 2019 Vol.11 No.3, pp.267 - 286

Received: 01 Apr 2019
Accepted: 29 May 2019

Published online: 11 Oct 2019 *

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