Project governance and path creation in the early stages of Finnish nuclear power projects

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Magnus Hellström, Inkeri Ruuska, Kim Wikström, Daniel Jåfs
Publication year: 2013
Journal: International Journal of Project Management
Volume number: 31
Issue number: 5
Start page: 712
End page: 723
eISSN: 1873-4634


In this paper we focus on the early stages of projects and their governance implications by investigating the introduction of nuclear power in Finland. We look at the early stages through the lens of path dependence and illustrate how early decisions may lead the project down the wrong path. However, we also develop a path creation perspective in order to develop an understanding of how the project actors in our case deliberately navigated in the cold war atmosphere to avoid a budding lock-in. This historical study highlights the importance of building relationships between key actors and securing their commitment during the early stages of a project. We argue that strong relationships and commitment open up opportunities for creating alternative paths during project appraisal, increase the array of available governance mechanisms, and hence lay the foundations for the final governance structure of the project execution phase.

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