The organizational learning of a new realtion between road projets planning and territory stakeholders : the case of the Quebec ministry of tranportation

Abstract : The planning of large-scaled road projects is facing a crisis of public acceptability. During the last few decades, road projects have stopped being associated with progress, to become a subject of debate among western societies. Since the 1970s, the Quebec Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) has been, and is still facing major conflicts in the planning of road projects, especially in urban neighbourhoods. The impacts to urban fabric by new road networks have created strong oppositions. Therefore, these large-scale projects are more difficult to implement in a societal context where diverging stakeholder views make it difficult to attain consensus or integrated solutions. By using the concept of organizational learning, this thesis answers a double interrogation. It searches to understand how the implementation of road projects relates to stakeholders views and the environmental settings. Secondly, it seeks to vi understand how the planning practices are evolving from those experiences. The field of study is formed by four case studies of large road projects planned by the MTQ, and the inventory of organizational changes relating to planning practices. By confronting the projects characteristics with the stakeholders positioning, at each step of the procedure, we observed the effects of the public debate on the project design. Also, the analysis of the changes in the planning practices, from one project to another, enables us to identify the organizational learning abilities of the MTQ. Our results identify that the relationship between projects and the environment are much more complex that they were previously, as a new form of
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Ludwig Desjardins. The organizational learning of a new realtion between road projets planning and territory stakeholders : the case of the Quebec ministry of tranportation. Humanities and Social Sciences. Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, 2008. English. ⟨pastel-00004047⟩

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