Presentation of the Study „Large Infrastructure Projects in Germany: Between Ambition and Realities”

The detailed working papers and case studies are available for download at

This study, under the leadership of Genia Kostka, Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure, analyses the scale, patterns and causes of cost overruns in 170 large public infrastructure projects in Germany. Of those, 119 were finished between 1960 and 2014 and 51 are currently still under construction. Projects from the building, transportation, defence and IT sectors are analysed based on systematically planned versus real budgets as well as planned versus real timelines. Three detailed case studies on the Berlin Airport BER, the Elb Philarmonic and Offshore Wind Parks round out the investigation.

The study was made possible by the friendly support of the Karl Schlecht Foundation.

Genia Kostka is a Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research and teaching interests are in energy governance, public policy and political economy, with a regional focus on China. Before coming to Hertie School of Governance, she was an Assistant Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and, prior to that, a strategic management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Berlin.  She has a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, an MA with specializations in International Economics and International Development from SAIS Johns Hopkins University and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Regulation and Governance, Business & Politics, Energy Policy, Applied Energy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Journal of Cleaner Production, The China Quarterly, The China Journal, Modern China, and Journal of Contemporary Chinese Studies. In addition to her academic writing, she regularly consults for international organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank, AusAID, GIZ, Oxfam and the World Bank.


Martin Delius, Member of the Berlin Parliament, Piratenpartei Berlin

Heinz Dürr, Chairman, Heinz & Heide Dürr Foundation; Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dürr AG

Mathias Oberndörfer, Divisional Director Public Sector, KPMG AG

Andreas Wagner, Managing Director, Foundation OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY


Jobst Fiedler was Professor of Public and Financial Management at the Hertie School of Governance until 2013. He was Founding Director of the EMPM and served as Associate Dean from 2005-2008. He continues to work at the Hertie School as Resident Senior Fellow.

He was a member of the "Hartz Commission" that initiated significant reforms of the German labor market policy in 2002. After his studies of law, economics and political science, Jobst Fiedler worked as research fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB); he holds a PhD from the University of Hanover. Beginning in 1980, Fiedler worked in executive positions within the city state of Hamburg and was member of several working groups of the OECD and the EU. He was elected Hanover executive mayor in 1990. In 1996, Jobst Fiedler switched to the private sector and joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as managing partner. During his private sector career, Fiedler continued publishing and teaching in the field of public management, a.o. at the University of Potsdam and the Bocconi School of Management in Milan. In 2009, he was visiting professor at the Columbia University of New York, USA.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

6.30 p.m.

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