There are three main researchgoals that are presented throughout the course of this research.
The first goalwas to identify through a literature search the factors in complextransportation projects that contribute to management complexity. Based on the resultsof the literature review, real world case studies were conducted throughquestionnaires and interviews to identify sources of complexity found oncurrent and completed projects that align with the defined factors foundthrough prior research. The second objective ranked each dimension numericallyand verified that the sources of complexity found within each dimension justifythe scores provided by the participant. The third goal of the research was thento analyse the dimensions based on the scoring for resource allocationpurposes. The overall intent of the project was to provide project managers andupper level directors a comprehensive look at the management of complextransportation projects and provide a conceptual methodology focused on the transitionof the project management field. Each project needs to evaluate the potentialchallenges and determine the best course of action to mitigate the risksassociated. However, the results presented through the case studies serve as astarting point for comparisons and potential management strategies.
All of theresults verify that the management of complex transportation projects areexperiencing a shift in the required management skills towards a more pragmaticapproach.The second conclusion isbased on the set of cases studied and represents more of a set of conclusions thata single finding, discussed the similarities found through the interviewprocess and a list of the most common sources of complexity Thesources of complexity found through the literature review identified factorsthat contribute to management complexity and the most prevalent real-worldproblems are found in this list. The last conclusion is basedon the project participant’s results from the scoring of the dimensions. Theradar diagrams presented serve as a method for upper level directors toevaluate upcoming projects and allocate resources based on the anticipatedcomplexity of each dimension.
Comparing the results of the radar diagrams tothe analysis of the interview discussions, the results appear to be consistentwith the management challenges faced on each individual project. This lends tothe conclusion that the dimensional scoring process is a task that can beperformed within an owner’s organization in order to allocate resources basedon the predicted results. In conclusion, the expectedgoals of the research appear to have been fulfilled and the results in thisstudy should serve as a basis for how complex transportation projects should beviewed in the future. Reiterating, the aim of the project was to be ascomprehensive as possible in providing an overview in the management forcomplex projects, but it is likely that other sources of complexity may ariseon projects that have not been mentioned, further requiring additionalmanagement strategies.