The Multivocality of Symbols

A Longitudinal Study of the Symbolic Dimensions of the High-Speed Train Megaproject (1995-2015)

Megaprojects can be perceived as modern symbols, crucial for the encapsulation of ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. This study explores the exegetical meanings, or meanings derived from local interpretation, that a megaproject can encapsulate and how those meanings shape the megaproject's process. A longitudinal study of the Dutch High-Speed Train megaproject was executed. The findings show three exegetical meanings of the megaproject, which were used for strategic goals, leading to power struggles, delays, and cost overrun, and finally resulting in a negative symbol of a failed megaproject. This article contributes to the megaproject literature with an anthropological perspective on symbolism.
member content locked

Log in or join PMI to gain access

or Join

Advertisement

Advertisement

Related Content

  • PM Network

    Digital Pulse member content locked

    In the healthcare arena, doctors, patients and project sponsors are all clamoring for more digital therapies and connected devices. That makes this trend a project hot spot this year, according to a…

  • PM Network

    Going with the Wind member content locked

    By Fister Gale, Sarah Offshore wind projects have long been plagued by high technology and connectivity costs, making initiatives all but impossible without government subsidies. "But in the last few years, we've seen a…

  • PM Network

    Artificial Exterminators member content locked

    By Ali, Ambreen Billions of lines of code are written each year, with many applications built on open-source code shared widely among developers. Therein lies a problem: A single error can ripple into thousands of…

  • PM Network

    Clean and Contained member content locked

    By Waity, C. J. During the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed more than 10 million gallons (37.9 million liters) of the toxic herbicide mixture Agent Orange. The tactic used in Vietnam between 1961 and 1971 was…

  • PM Network

    Transformation Tsunami member content locked

    Graphical depiction of global digital transformation projects.

Advertisement

Publishing or acceptance of an advertisement is neither a guarantee nor endorsement of the advertiser's product or service. View advertising policy.