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Product Details

Sydney Opera House: Creating a Masterpiece
Product Number:
9B21M003
Publication Date:
02/16/2021
Revised Date:
02/16/2021
Length:
11 pages (7 pages of text)
Product Type:
Case (Pub Mat)
Source:
Ivey
The Sydney Opera House, an iconic architectural landmark and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Site, was officially opened in 1973. The project cost AU$102 million and took 14 years to complete—AU$95 million and 10 years more than originally estimated. The challenges with the construction of the opera house included a brilliant and visionary architect who lacked project management experience, team collapse due to misalignment, bureaucratic and political issues that hindered work, and a rush to begin construction without proper planning. What could have been done at crucial crossroads to facilitate the project? What could today’s project managers learn for future construction?
Learning Objective:
The case is suitable for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses on project management or strategy. After working through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to do the following:
  • Explore the impact of key project management decisions.
  • Discuss how to evaluate the success and failure of projects.
  • Identify and apply best practices to manage future projects.
Issues:
Disciplines:
General Management/Strategy,  Economics & Public Policy
Industries:
Public Administration
Setting:
Australia, Large, 1973
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate/MBA
Price:
$5.30 CAD / $5.00 USD Printed Copy
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Permissions
$4.50 CAD / $4.25 USD Digital Download
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