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Catwalking a Bridge : A Longitudinal Study of a Transnational Megaproject

Löfgren, Orvar LU (2015) In Inside Megaprojects : Understanding Cultural Practices in Project Management 30. p.33-68
Abstract
Transnational bridges are a special kind of mega-project with strong symbolic power and a complex set of stakeholders. The long Oresund bridge is a good example of this. It links the cities of Malmoe, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark and was opened in 2000. I will use the bridge construction to demonstrate the ways in which a mega-construction project does symbolic and ritual work during the long planning stage, the actual construction years, the grand opening ceremonies as well as in its later life as an everyday transport mechanism. The bridge was built not only by engineers but also by event managers, media consultants and brand builders. It was a project not only of transport logistics but also of urban development and aimed to... (More)
Transnational bridges are a special kind of mega-project with strong symbolic power and a complex set of stakeholders. The long Oresund bridge is a good example of this. It links the cities of Malmoe, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark and was opened in 2000. I will use the bridge construction to demonstrate the ways in which a mega-construction project does symbolic and ritual work during the long planning stage, the actual construction years, the grand opening ceremonies as well as in its later life as an everyday transport mechanism. The bridge was built not only by engineers but also by event managers, media consultants and brand builders. It was a project not only of transport logistics but also of urban development and aimed to facilitate political, economic and cultural integration across a national border – the making of a transnational metropolis.

The interdisciplinary study of the bridge is a longitudinal one, which makes it possible to explore how changing economic and political climates affect a mega-project and what happens when visions and great expectations are confronted with everyday realities at different stages. (Less)
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Inside Megaprojects : Understanding Cultural Practices in Project Management
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Van Marrewijk, Alfons H
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Copenhagen Business School Press
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  abstract     = {Transnational bridges are a special kind of mega-project with strong symbolic power and a complex set of stakeholders. The long Oresund bridge is a good example of this. It links the cities of Malmoe, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark and was opened in 2000. I will use the bridge construction to demonstrate the ways in which a mega-construction project does symbolic and ritual work during the long planning stage, the actual construction years, the grand opening ceremonies as well as in its later life as an everyday transport mechanism. The bridge was built not only by engineers but also by event managers, media consultants and brand builders. It was a project not only of transport logistics but also of urban development and aimed to facilitate political, economic and cultural integration across a national border – the making of a transnational metropolis.<br/><br>
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  author       = {Löfgren, Orvar},
  editor       = {Van Marrewijk, Alfons H},
  isbn         = {9788763003445},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {33--68},
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  series       = {Inside Megaprojects : Understanding Cultural Practices in Project Management},
  title        = {Catwalking a Bridge : A Longitudinal Study of a Transnational Megaproject},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2015},
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