An Analytical Network Process model for risks prioritisation in megaprojects

Prince Boateng*, Zhen Chen, Stephen O. Ogunlana

*Corresponding author for this work

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Megaprojects are complex and expensive projects that often involve social, technical, economic, environmental and political (STEEP) challenges to project management. Despite these challenges, project owners and financiers continue to invest large sums of money in megaprojects that run high risks of being over schedule and over budget. While some degree of cost and schedule risks are considered during project planning, the challenge of modelling risks interactions and impacts on project performance still remains. To tackle this technical problem, this research adopted the Analytical Network Process and combined it with a new Risk Priority Index as an innovative approach to model risks analytically based on data collected from the Edinburgh Tram Network project at the construction phase. The approach provides an interactive way for developers to prioritise risks across the project supply network and to initiate timely mitigation strategies against significant cost and time consequences of STEEP risks on megaproject performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1795-1811
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number8
Early online date29 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Analytical Network Process
  • Decision making
  • Megaproject
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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