Project controlling in mega events: the Expo 2015 case

Locatelli, Giorgio and Mancini, Mauro and Scalet, Luca (2012) Project controlling in mega events: the Expo 2015 case. Project Perspectives, 34 . pp. 58-65. ISSN 1455-4178

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Abstract

Although Universal Expositions are an incredible catalyst for the development of hosting cities, they have to face projects’ common problems as over-budgets and delays. This last issue is critic since mega events have to respect a mandatory deadline and any delay could cause critical project scope reduction. It is thus fundamental to control efficiently and effectively their progress to obtain the best performances. Despite “project controlling” field is well-documented concerning mega-projects, there is a gap for mega events. In addition, literature focuses on strategic elements without providing operative methods to control the execution phase. This paper fi lls this gap highlighting how mega-events can be considered as “mega-programmes”, suggesting supervision through a project envelope to avoid forecasting problems and proposing a gradual control according to project statuses. These results provide a model to monitor Milan Expo 2015 execution phase, guaranteeing that all projects involved end within deadlines.

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Additional Information:Although Universal Expositions are an incredible catalyst for the development of hosting cities, they have to face projects’ common problems as over-budgets and delays. This last issue is critic since mega events have to respect a mandatory deadline and any delay could cause critical project scope reduction. It is thus fundamental to control efficiently and effectively their progress to obtain the best performances. Despite “project controlling” field is well-documented concerning mega-projects, there is a gap for mega events. In addition, literature focuses on strategic elements without providing operative methods to control the execution phase. This paper fi lls this gap highlighting how mega-events can be considered as “mega-programmes”, suggesting supervision through a project envelope to avoid forecasting problems and proposing a gradual control according to project statuses. These results provide a model to monitor Milan Expo 2015 execution phase, guaranteeing that all projects involved end within deadlines.
Keywords:megaproject, Project Management, EXPO, Project Controlling
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N213 Project Management
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:5495
Deposited By: Giorgio Locatelli
Deposited On:10 May 2012 20:00
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:08

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