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Corruption in public projects and mega projects: There is an
elephant in the room!

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This article explores the impact of corruption in large, unique projects such as public projects and mega projects, as well as the conditions and features that favour such corruption.

Keywords

  • Corruption
  • Project context
  • Procurement
  • Public projects
  • Megaprojects
  • Project performance

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What does the paper cover?

In project management, corruption is the ‘elephant in the room’ and this paper summarises the key aspects of such corruption before suggesting a research agenda to improve understanding of this highly controversial area.

It also introduces the concept of ‘corrupt project context’ and shows the impact of a corrupt context on mega projects.

The paper focuses on two questions:

  • Which project characteristics favour corruption?
  • How does a corrupt context affect project performance?

 

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