Complex System Management in Mega Infrastructure Projects

Submission Deadline Date: 31 December 2022


Mega infrastructure projects (MIPs) are tightly coupled with the surrounding environment in their entire life cycle, forming MIPs-environment compound systems which are typical complex systems. The theory of complex systems has a wide range of applications, and research of physics and economics in this field have won Nobel Prizes recently. Complex system management (CSM) is regarded as an important theoretical tool for studying the early decision-making, construction, and operation management of MIPs. The academic value of this theory has been acknowledged by researchers as it can help address the complex integrity problems unique to the management of MIPs.

This special issue pays special attention to the characteristics of dynamics, adaptability and emergence of MIPs during their whole life cycle, and focuses on the impact of complexity on the early decision-making, construction and operation of MIPs. Contributions are welcome from projects in which the complex integrity issues of MIPs have been successfully addressed, as these cases can provide a good example for similar projects to follow, allowing for the resolution of practical problems by utilising the theory of complex system management. The complex integrity problems that constantly appear in the construction and operation period of MIPs clearly demonstrate the necessity of using the CSM theory to transform the traditional project management thinking mode. This special issue contemplates the new concepts, methods, and techniques adopted in the application of CSM theory to MIPs, with a presentation of representative cases. The introduction of technologies and methods to deal with the complexity of MIPs will improve management efficiency, create higher value for stakeholders, and promote better development of the AEC industry.


Topics include but are not limited to:

Methodology of complex system management

Mega infrastructure project management

Decision-making methods and adaptability

Supply chain network

Risk and safety

Cost overrun

Operational resilience

Digital twins of complex systems

Technological innovation


Manuscript Submission Information

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 Dec 2022

Manuscripts should be submitted online at:


Guest Editors:

Prof Zhaohan Sheng, School of Management and Engineering, Nanjing University, China.

Prof Marcel Hertogh, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Prof Jingfeng Yuan, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, China

Dr Jianbo Zhu, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, China


For additional information related to the special issue, including some preliminary discussion about the suitability of the proposed topics, please contact Dr. Jianbo Zhu at [email protected]