Contemporary Mega-Project and/or Program Management

Published 16 July, 2019

Mega-projects (or Large-scale projects) and/or programs are increasingly used as the preferred delivery model for goods and services across a range of businesses and sectors, including infrastructure, water and energy, information technology, industrial processing plants, mining, supply chains, enterprise systems, strategic corporate initiatives and change programs, mergers and acquisitions, government administrative systems, banking, defense, intelligence, air and space exploration, big science, urban regeneration, and major events. Examples of large-scale projects include high-speed rail lines, airports, seaports, motorways, hospitals, national health or pension information and communication technology (ICT) systems, national broadband, the Olympics, large-scale signature architecture, dams, wind farms, offshore oil and gas extraction, aluminum smelters, the development of new aircraft, the largest container and cruise ships, high energy particle accelerators, and the logistics systems used to run large supply chain–based companies like Amazon and Maersk. Program management reaches benefits in more dynamic environments. The early notion of programs being more than large-scale projects has been further developed by more contemporary research to a degree where Program Management is considered “a new discipline” altogether, and not just a scaled-up form of project management. Instead of focusing on project management’s technical and planning aspects, this new discipline focuses on generating and organizing aspects of program management. These new aspects give programs a new role in the organizational setting where programs act as a vehicle of change management and for implementing an organization’s strategy. When programs form the link between organizational strategy and projects, they enter into the domain of organizational change management and organization development. That means an organization looks at projects as a system of interrelated activities that combine to achieve a common goal. The common goal is to move toward the overall strategy of the organization by delivering new capabilities. New capabilities could be in the form of competitive advantage, ability to catch up with competitors (mimetic), transform the organization, or significantly improve its operation.

Given the importance of large-scale multiple-projects and program management approaches, this Special Issue, therefore jointly launched by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS) through the platform of 2019 PACIS conference, seeks to publish high-quality scholarly papers that focus on original works or comprehensive reviews with relevancy of Contemporary Large-Scale Project and Program Management in the fields of management science and engineering. Some topics include, but are NOT limited to, the followings:

Large-scale projects management

  • Large-scale project resource allocation and coordination 
  • Large-scale project boundary management  
  • Large-scale project benefit realization 
  • Large-scale project design and structure
  • Large-scale project decision making
  • Large-scale project transitions
  • Large-scale project networks
  • Large-scale project portfolio management and measurement
  • Large-scale project digital management and business model
  • All Large-scale project management related issues

Program management

  • Program goal formulation
  • Program benefit realization
  • Program boundary management
  • Program governance and  decision making
  • Program dynamic management
  • Program closure
  • Program delivery
  • Program strategic value and planning
  • Program information management and control
  • All program management related issues 

Important Dates

  • Manuscript submission deadline: 30 June 2020
  • Deadline for final decision notification: 15 September 2020
  • Tentative date for publication: 30 December 2020

Submission Information

Please submit your paper via the URL as

In the process of submission, please select type “Special Issue” and special issue “Special Issue on Contemporary Mega Project and Program Management _2019PACIS.”


Editors-in-Chief (in alphabetic order)

  • Prof. Dr. Wei Huang (Wayne), Xi'an Jiaotong University, China & University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, USA
  • Prof. Dr. James Jiang, Taiwan University, Taiwan, China
  • Prof. Dr. Gary Klein, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Shan Liu, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Associate Editors

  • Dr. Haibin Lu, Santa Clara University, USA
  • Dr. Jian Mou, Xidian University, China
  • Dr. Qing Zhu, Shaanxi Normal University, China
  • Dr. Dongming Xu, University of Queensland, Australia

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