Verweij, S. & Gerrits, L. (2011). A proposal to assess transportation infrastructure projects using a complexity-informed framework. Compact-Work: Rotterdam (2011, June 23 - 2011, June 25)
This paper proposes a complexity-informed framework to evaluate transportation infrastructure development projects. This is done through four steps. First, the properties of infrastructure and area development are discussed. This leads to the conclusion that the specific locality or contextuality of a given project is explanatory for its outcomes. Hence, there is a need for an ontology and epistemology that addresses the importance of this contextuality. The second step concerns the development of prerequisites for a methodological framework that follows from this epistemology and ontology. The third step is the assessment of common infrastructure evaluation methods against these requisites. It follows that a comparative case-based approach is most suitable to study the relationship between context and outcomes in projects. A framework based on fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) is presented in the fourth step. The paper concludes with a discussion of the further development of fsQCA.
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