Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Megaprojects Research Interdisciplinary Team

November, 26th

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore [Campus di Piacenza]
November 26th, 2020


10.30 - 11.00

Opening Address

  • Prof. Franca Cantoni – Scientific Coordinators of the Program and MeRIT member
  • Ing. Edoardo Favari - Scientific Coordinators of the Program and MeRIT member, Chairman of the Board of Directors PoliPiacenza

Institutional Welcome

  • Avv. Elena Baio (vice Major, Municipality of  Piacenza)
  • Prof. Terry Torre – Vice President ASSIOA (Associazione Italiana Organizzazione Aziendale)
  • Prof. Enrico Bellino – Head of the Department of Economics and Social Sciences (DISES)
  • Prof. Maria Cristina Piva – Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
  • Prof. Ing. Dario Zaninelli – Pro Rector of the Faculty of Engineering (Politecnico)
  • Ing. Alberto Braghieri – chairman of Piacenza Engineer's Charter

11.00 - 12.00

Mastering complex mega-projects – a leadership perspective
Prof. Kathrin Köster - Vienna University of Business and Economics, Austria

What is at the core of a mega project? Which purpose does it serve? A clear ‘why’ all stakeholders are aligned to is the basis for success. Kathrin sheds light on how to navigate a project with purpose, how to find out about hidden agendas of various stakeholders, how to include them in communication planning, and how to communicate clearly and in a transparent way. Clarity and transparency are critical success factors for mastering the complexity of mega projects.

12.00 - 13.00

Short paper presentation session 1. (12:00-13:00) - Track chair: Francesco Zecchin

  • Calling for a trailblazing approach to defend the independence and full impartiality of the Engineer in the construction Works under Fidic Contracts
    Pansera F. 
  • BIM & Project Management: a circular approach for the New Galliera Hospital in Genoa
    Frascari B., Sermasi E.
  • The AIGOR Project. A blockchain application to radioactive waste management.
    Bruno F.
  • Sustainability as a turning point for the success of megaprojects. The Italian approach.
    Mariani C., Favari E., Cantoni F.
  • Paving the way to an Italian Hyperloop: a survey and analysis of main stakeholders
    Favari E., Maja R., Mariani C.

13.00 - 14.00

Redefining Major Project Success and Failure
Prof. Donald Lessard MIT Sloan School of Management
14.00 - 15.30

Short paper presentation session 2 (14:00-15:30) - Track chair: Barbara Barabaschi, Silvia Platoni, Roberta Virtuani

  • Reshaping Tax Policies for Sustainable Megaprojects in the Post Pandemic Era
    Allena M.
  • The relevance and limits of taxation as an aid to foster megaprojects
    Arginelli P.
  • Infrastructures and local economic development: a case of modal shift from road to rail in freight transport
    Dallara A.
  • Dealing with extreme events in the context of megaprojects
    Daood A., Floricel S., Mascia D.
  • Transport infrastructures and spillover effects on Strait of Messina metropolitan area
    Marino D., Quattrone G., Tebala G., Timpano F
  • Infrastructural investment and their impact on Sustainable Development Goals
    Timpano F., Platoni S.
  • Megaprojects Contracts and Covid-19: the Help of Private Autonomy
    Zecchin F.
  • Rethinking leadership in megaprojects. Results from a preliminary investigation
    Barabaschi B., Cantoni F., Virtuani R.
  • Economic multipliers for infrastructures in Italy
    Colaizzo R., Massiani J.
15.30 - 16.15

The Human factor in Sustainable Project Management
Prof. Gilbert Silvius LOI University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

As projects play a key-role in creating a more sustainable society, the integration of the concepts of sustainability into project management are one of the most important global project management trends today. This integration refers both to the sustainability of the project’s deliverable and to the sustainable management of projects. The project manager has a central and influential position in the consideration of sustainability in the project. However, many factors or circumstances influence the behavior of the project manager. The presentation The Human factor in Sustainable Project Management will reflect on a number of studies that explored the factors that stimulate project managers and project owners to consider sustainability.

16.30 - 17.00

Presentation special issue on Megaprojects "il Project Manager"

  • Ing. Pierluigi Guida - Editor In Chief il Project Manager
  • Ing. Edoardo Favari - Scientific Coordinators of the Program and MeRIT member, Chairman of the Board of Directors PoliPiacenza

italian language

17.00 Farewell
MeRIT 2020 - A multidisciplinary approach to embrace complexity and sustainability