Lessons from Megaprojects: The Creators and Destroyers of Capital


October 18, 2013


Virginia (Ginny) A. Greiman


Boston University and Harvard University


Megaprojects continue to change the face of the world as we know it. Prof. Greiman’s definitive new book on Megaproject Management: lessons on risk and project management from the Big Dig focuses on the unique characteristics of these large scale projects and what makes the lessons from these projects great teaching tools for projects across industries and continents. The author will share her professional experiences as a risk manager, deputy counsel and adviser to several of the world’s largest megaprojects including Boston’s Big Dig, London’s Crossrail Project, America’s nuclear reactors, and Asia’s South China Sea development. This talk will focus on both the blunders and the brilliance of project managers in leading megaprojects to extraordinary success, or in some cases unmitigated disaster. She will share ways in which Microsoft can better leverage opportunities through the lessons from megaprojects so that they may be systemically pursued.


Virginia (Ginny) A. Greiman

Professor Greiman holds academic appointments at Boston University, Harvard University Law School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a recognized scholar on megaprojects, cyber law and cyber trafficking and international law and development. She has published extensively on megaprojects and project management and is the author of the definitive book on America’s largest megaproject.

She served as a diplomatic official to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Eastern and Central Europe, Asia and Africa on privatization and economic development. She has held executive and advisory positions with several of the world’s largest megaprojects including Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the UK’s Crossrail Project, and Asia’s South China Sea development. She previously served as a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice and as United States Trustee to several of the United States’ most complex corporate reorganizations. She serves on many public boards including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens Academy and the Department of Justice Crime and Corruption Task Force.

Her recently published book is entitled: Megaproject Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig, © 2013 John A. Wiley, Publisher, New York, London, Hoboken EBook: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118418875,descCd-ebook.html Hard cover: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118115473.html