Exploring Decision-Making Complexity in Major Infrastructure Projects: A Case Study From China

Qianqian Shi, Marcel Hertogh, Marian Bosch-Rekveldt, Jianbo Zhu*, Zhaohan Sheng

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The goal of this study is to identify, classify, explore, and understand decision-making complexity elements in major infrastructure projects (MIPs). This article puts forward systematic definitions of decision making, decision-making quality, and decision-making complexity. Based on literature reviews and an in-depth case analysis of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB), a comprehensive framework of decision-making complexity is developed, which divides the elements into six dimensions: technical, social, financial, legal, organizational, and time. The links between different dimensions are also illustrated. This article is expected to deepen our current understanding of decision-making complexity and to provide a fundamental point of reference in the front-end phase of MIPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-632
Number of pages16
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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  • case study
  • complexity
  • decision making
  • major infrastructure projects


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