Stakeholder Management in Large Engineering


& Construction Programs



By Bob Prieto

Jupiter, Florida, USA

Large engineering and construction programs require the owner and his program manager to undertake more expansive stakeholder programs than what might be traditionally experienced even on the largest single construction projects. This more expansive approach is driven by the growth in scale and complexity often represented by these programs but also by the fact that different constituencies and stakeholder groups may have different views and interests as it relates to the various projects comprising the program.

For example, the decision to minimize certain construction impacts by constructing modules at a remote location may run counter to local job creation objectives of another constituency or regional labor organization.

In undertaking stakeholder management in large programs it is necessary for the program manager to undertake a structured process and equally important, ensure that the roles, responsibilities and efforts on individual projects meet program standards and objectives and are well coordinated.

We may view the stakeholder management program as consisting of six principle steps. These steps include:

Step 1 – Stakeholder Identification

Step 2 – Stakeholder Mapping

Step 3 – Stakeholder Issues

Step 4 – Stakeholder Objectives

Step 5 – Stakeholder Engagement

Step 6 – Stakeholder Management

Apportionment of responsibilities between the owner organization (including his Program Management Office), the program manager and project contractors will vary but the following table provides a typical apportionment of responsibilities between the owner/program manager and the project contractors.


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Editor’s note: Second Editions are previously published papers that have continued relevance in today’s project management world, or which were originally published in conference proceedings or in a language other than English.  Original publication acknowledged; authors retain copyright.  This paper was originally published in PM World Today in October 2011.  It is republished here with the author’s permission.

How to cite this paper: Prieto, R. (2011). Stakeholder Management in Large Engineering & Construction Programs, Second Edition, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue VII, July 2021.  Originally published in PM World Today, October 2011. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/pmwj107-Jul2021-Prieto-stakeholder-management-in-large-engineering-construction-programs.pdf

About the Author

Bob Prieto

Chairman & CEO
Strategic Program Management, LLC
Jupiter, Florida, USA


Bob Prieto is a senior executive effective in shaping and executing business strategy and a recognized leader within the infrastructure, engineering and construction industries. Currently Bob heads his own management consulting practice, Strategic Program Management LLC. He previously served as a senior vice president of Fluor, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. He focuses on the development and delivery of large, complex projects worldwide and consults with owners across all market sectors in the development of programmatic delivery strategies. He is author of nine books including “Strategic Program Management”, “The Giga Factor: Program Management in the Engineering and Construction Industry”, “Application of Life Cycle Analysis in the Capital Assets Industry”, “Capital Efficiency: Pull All the Levers” and, most recently, “Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects” published by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) as well as over 800 other papers and presentations.

Bob is an Independent Member of the Shareholder Committee of Mott MacDonald and a member of the board of Dar al Riyadh. He is a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council, National Academy of Construction, a Fellow of the Construction Management Association of America and member of several university departmental and campus advisory boards. Bob served until 2006 as a U.S. presidential appointee to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC), working with U.S. and Asia-Pacific business leaders to shape the framework for trade and economic growth. He is a member of the Millenium Challenge Corporation advisory board where he had previously served. He had previously served as both as Chairman of the Engineering and Construction Governors of the World Economic Forum and co-chair of the infrastructure task force formed after September 11th by the New York City Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served as Chairman at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) and a non-executive director of Cardno (ASX)

Bob serves as an honorary global advisor for the PM World Journal and Library and can be contacted at rpstrategic@comcast.net.

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