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Complex Infrastructure Projects by Anthony Holmes

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Chapter 5: The Problem of Strategy

Large, complex infrastructure projects reflect a determination to reshape our environment rather than be constrained by natural limitations. But both the environment and our attempts to overcome its limiting forces are unpredictable and it is through the formulation of strategy that we attempt to bring order to this process.

Each large, complex infrastructure project is conceived on a scale that modifies some part of the environment by changing the host nation’s economy in a measurable way. Approval of the project depends mainly on these economic measures and consequently the projects are, by any definition, strategic in nature.

A viable strategy consists of an integrated programme of actions directed towards ...

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