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Project Management Case Studies Paperback – February 13, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0471225782 ISBN-10: 0471225789 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8th edition (February 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471225789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471225782
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,090,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A versatile, up-to-date selection of case studies from a leading innovator in project management

This volume offers the most comprehensive collection of project management case studies available today. Compiled by one of the best-known and respected authorities on project management, more than sixty case studies illustrate successful implementation of project management by actual companies, as well as highlight a variety of pitfalls in real-world situations.

This carefully selected group of case studies:
* Represents a wide range of industries, including medical and pharmaceutical, aerospace, manufacturing, automotive, finance and banking, and telecommunications
* Presents best practices and pitfalls of project management implementation in the real world
* Follows and supports preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam

Whether used with the latest edition of Harold Kerzner's landmark reference, Project Management, or on its own, Project Management Case Studies is a valuable resource for students, as well as practicing engineers and managers.

About the Author

HAROLD KERZNER, Ph.D., prominent instructor for the International Institute of Learning (IIL), is currently Professor of Systems

Management at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and President of Project Management Associates, a consulting and training firm that conducts seminars for leading U.S. and international corporations. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois and has taught engineering at that institution and business administration at Utah State University, where he received the 1998 Distinguished Service Award. The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Project Management Institute has honored Dr. Kerzner by instituting the Kerzner Award for Project Management Excellence.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend te book for anyone who wants to further pursue project management as a career.
Salah Mounir
Large Book with many case studies however, if you are wanting to learn how issues were resolved you have to order another book from publisher.
Tammy Koelling
Some of the case studies in this book are very long and extremely detailed (in a good way!), but some are short-and-sweet.
K. York

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Harinath Thummalapalli on July 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Classes that use Case studies seem to be common at the Harvard Business School but apparently not in the Project Management world. This is a long awaited book containing Case Studies from a respected author and Project Management guru. A detailed analysis of the Pros and Cons of this book follows:
First, a summary of what is contained in the book - 437 pages objectively documenting 68 real life Case Studies spanning the last 20 to 30 years and 1 very neat Time Management exercise at the end. The Case Studies are typically 3-4 pages long with a couple that are 40-50 pages long and a few that are only 1 page long. The Case Studies are roughly divided into 16 Chapters that don't necessarily follow the Process Groups or Knowledge Areas in the PMBOK Guide (PMI). Example chapter names are 'Negotiating for Resources', 'Project Estimating', and 'Project Planning'. Each chapter starts with a 1 page summary of the author's opinion on that topic - no more, no less! The Case Studies themselves sound like factual description of what happened with absolutely no judgment or analysis following any of the Case Studies.
Since I like to end a review on a good note, the CONS first - the blurb on the back of the book makes three claims out of which two are clearly suspect. The claim regarding the Case Studies covering a wide range of industries is definitely true. The claim regarding 'follows and supports preparation for the PMP certification exam' is not supported by the content in the book. The only way this claim would come true is if you attended a class led by a very competent instructor that can glean the relevant points from these Case Studies and present what you need to pass the PMP.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Craig L. Howe on May 19, 2003
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My first thought as I laid this book down from my first reading was, "How can I get my money back?"
However, the longer it lay on the shelf, I found myself, uncharacteristically, drawn back into its pages.
Most of the case studies were drawn from the author's consulting practice and generally focus on at least one or two specific points. Other than on-the-job training, the author states that case studies and situations are the best method to learn project management. I agree and would add; that the more experienced individuals you add to your study circle, the more you will mine from your reading and study of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Salah Mounir on January 7, 2008
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This book was part of my study package for a Masters course. It doesn't give guidance to new or "to be" managers. Instead, it gives real life examples of issues which a project manager is more likely to come across. It covers a wide span of applicaions; construction, computer related and manufacturing are among the many applications it covers. It is also based on the PMPBok. I would recommend te book for anyone who wants to further pursue project management as a career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PM student on January 25, 2012
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If this is a required text for your class then this is a moot review. If you have a choice in the matter, this is a text that has dated (most are older than 2000) small (2-4 pages)in medium text book format to medium(5-10 page) unanswered cases studies for use in an academic environment to discuss 1-2 points per case study. there are several indepth large case studies that hopefuly will cover the bulk of what your assignment requires.

As the preface by the author states, many instructors require the content of papers used in the course to be more current limiting the usefulness of the text regardless of the relavance. Unfortunately two of my instructors in the MPMP program required with in 5 years releveance and as the case studies are dated in most instances I was half way through the book to find any that would meet the time requirement. In a first come first pick scholastic environment...ouch.

The text does break down the case studies into a logicall grouping order by Project Management sub categories such as scheduling, risk ,resources etc. this has some use as a student looking for a case study by those categories

In the intent of the author the book does what it is designed to do but for someone who is an acknowleded expert in Project Management field and has numerous other books referenced heavily it would be wonderful if it were brought more up to date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Koelling on January 21, 2013
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Large Book with many case studies however, if you are wanting to learn how issues were resolved you have to order another book from publisher. I went to the other site and found that you had to be a professor at a university to order this other book. This was not as helpful as I was hoping. I was trying to increase my knowledge on problem resolution. Not what I was expecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Brodeur on April 29, 2011
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Some of the case studies were great, like an investigative magazine article, and some were impenetrable and laden with jargon, like the worst academic writing. Also, some of the "made up" case studies were fun, and the questions useful for thinking about.
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By Brian Potvin on September 4, 2013
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This was a book I bought because it was required for a course for college. It really helped with my studies.
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By Martynas on September 18, 2012
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I have bought it for PMP preparation. not helped really on this matter, but it was a good food for thoughts about various project implementation cases.
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