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A Leap from Negative to Positive Bond. A Step towards Project Sustainability

Project Management Research Centre, Kingston Business School, Kingston University, Surrey KT2 7LB, UK
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20156 Milan, Italy
Department of Engineering, Business Administration and Statistics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid, Spain
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Adm. Sci. 2019, 9(2), 41;
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 16 April 2019 / Accepted: 29 May 2019 / Published: 7 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development and Project Stakeholder Management)
Departing from the normative formulation of stakeholder theory and building upon the current body of knowledge, this study aims to advance understandings on the benefits and challenges towards a more holistic approach to stakeholder management at the local level of major public infrastructure and construction projects (MPIC). Major construction projects, project managers, and the local community stakeholder are deemed to operate within a ‘negative bond’. This interaction is elucidated through the attribution theory lens, which shape the conceptual framework of the study. This paper illustrates that a broader inclusiveness of stakeholder views into managerial decisions can initiate to break this negative bond and shift it towards positive relationships. An organization’s conscious approach towards transparent communication with the local community stakeholder might help to shape a long-term perspective for better project benefits realization either at the national, regional, or local level. By ‘exceeding stakeholders needs and expectations’, project managers and local communities can better collaborate in order to achieve sustainable development over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: local community; attribution theory; communication; inclusiveness; sustainability local community; attribution theory; communication; inclusiveness; sustainability
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Di Maddaloni, F.; Derakhshan, R. A Leap from Negative to Positive Bond. A Step towards Project Sustainability. Adm. Sci. 2019, 9, 41.

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