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Very important, yet very neglected: Where do local communities stand when examining social sustainability in major construction projects?



Maddaloni, Francesco Di;

Sabini, Luca;

(2022)

Very important, yet very neglected: Where do local communities stand when examining social sustainability in major construction projects?

International Journal of Project Management
, 40
(7)

pp. 778-797.

10.1016/j.ijproman.2022.08.007.

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    Abstract

    Major construction projects are characterized by a heterogeneous audience of stakeholders who can create severe reputational risk to project organizations when not properly addressed. The inclusion and support that project organizations devote to local communities form a crucial part of a project’s delivery and social sustainability considerations, yet this has only recently attracted attention in project studies. To address social sustainability, project managers should reinforce accountability and the inclusion of ‘new voices’ in the project decision-making process. Through mixed-methods research, this paper contributes to the project stakeholder engagement discourse and normative stance of stakeholder theory concerning the role of local communities and examines the ways in which inclusion can provide a response to the sustainability challenges of major projects. Findings suggest means-ends decoupling situations where current project management practices towards communities’ engagement are weakly linked to their goals and induced by convergent pressures and reactive mechanisms, thus preventing an inclusive decision-making process.

    Type: Article

    Title: Very important, yet very neglected: Where do local communities stand when examining social sustainability in major construction projects?
    Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2022.08.007
    Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijproman.2022.08.007
    Language: English
    Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images
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    Keywords: Social Sustainability, Major Construction Projects, Stakeholder Inclusion, Local Communities, Means-Ends Decoupling
    UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
    UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
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    URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10156754

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