rescuing prometheus four monumental projects that changed our world

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Rescuing Prometheus

Author : Thomas P. Hughes
ISBN : 9780307773265
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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"A rare insight into industrial planning on a huge scale...Excellent." --The Economist Rescuing Prometheus is an eye-opening and marvelously informative look at some of the technological projects that helped shape the modern world. Thomas P. Hughes focuses on four postwar projects whose vastness and complexity inspired new technology, new organizations, and new management styles. The first use of computers to run systems was developed for the SAGE air defense project. The Atlas missile project was so complicated it required the development of systems engineering in order to complete it. The Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project tested systems engineering in the complex crucible of a large scale civilian roadway. And finally, the origins of the Internet fostered the collegial management style that later would take over Silicon Valley and define the modern computer industry. With keen insight, Hughes tells these fascinating stories while providing a riveting history of modern technology and the management systems that made it possible. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Engineering Systems

Author : Olivier L. De Weck
ISBN : 9780262016704
Genre : Science
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An overview of engineering systems that describes the new challenges posed for twenty-first-century engineers by today's highly complex sociotechnical systems. Engineering, for much of the twentieth century, was mainly about artifacts and inventions. Now, it's increasingly about complex systems. As the airplane taxis to the gate, you access the Internet and check email with your PDA, linking the communication and transportation systems. At home, you recharge your plug-in hybrid vehicle, linking transportation to the electricity grid. Today's large-scale, highly complex sociotechnical systems converge, interact, and depend on each other in ways engineers of old could barely have imagined. As scale, scope, and complexity increase, engineers consider technical and social issues together in a highly integrated way as they design flexible, adaptable, robust systems that can be easily modified and reconfigured to satisfy changing requirements and new technological opportunities. Engineering Systems offers a comprehensive examination of such systems and the associated emerging field of study. Through scholarly discussion, concrete examples, and history, the authors consider the engineer's changing role, new ways to model and analyze these systems, the impacts on engineering education, and the future challenges of meeting human needs through the technologically enabled systems of today and tomorrow.

Megaproject Organization And Performance

Author : Nuno Gil
ISBN : 9781628253764
Genre : Business & Economics
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Megaproject Organization and Performance: The Myth and Political Reality delves into the complex world of organizing megaprojects and investigates the extent to which the performance of these projects could be traced back to their organizational structure. Through multiple case study research, including the London Olympic Park and Heathrow Airport Terminal 2, the authors show how megaprojects are unique in how they are organized. They explore core-periphery relationships between promotors who control strategic choices, and suppliers, the contracted experts who provide the actual resources to get the project done. The implications of these structural–performance relationships within a robust economy are then compared with railroad and highway development projects in the developing economies of Nigeria, Uganda, and India. This in-depth study brings a complementary perspective to megaproject literature and enables us to reconcile conflicting explanations for the regularity with which megaprojects miss performance targets. With pluralism at the core of the megaproject's organizational structure, the authors argue that megaprojects work best when accountability is shared and everyone has a stake in the final outcome.

Megaproject Management

Author : Virginia A. Greiman
ISBN : 9781118115473
Genre : Business & Economics
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Written by the former Deputy Counsel and Risk Manager for the Big Dig from 1996 to 2005, Virginia Greiman, this book describes the numerous risks faced by the project manager and the lessons learned that have never before been written about despite the huge volume of news articles and reports that have been published on the Big Dig. New insights based on excerpts of interviews offer new perspective on the challenges and accomplishments of the Big Dig, and separates this book from other texts in the field.

The Oxford Handbook Of Project Management

Author : Peter W. G. Morris
ISBN : 9780199563142
Genre : Business & Economics
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This Handbook presents and discusses leading ideas in the management of projects, drawing on the insights of over 40 scholars to chart the development of the subject over the last 50 years as an area of increasing practical and academic interest. It is intended for those interested in the research issues underlying project management.

Buying Military Transformation

Author : Peter Dombrowski
ISBN : 9780231509657
Genre : History
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In Buying Military Transformation, Peter Dombrowski and Eugene Gholz analyze the United States military's ongoing effort to capitalize on information technology. New ideas about military doctrine derived from comparisons to Internet Age business practices can be implemented only if the military buys technologically innovative weapons systems. Buying Military Transformation examines how political and military leaders work with the defense industry to develop the small ships, unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced communications equipment, and systems-of-systems integration that will enable the new military format. Dombrowski and Gholz's analysis integrates the political relationship between the defense industry and Congress, the bureaucratic relationship between the firms and the military services, and the technical capabilities of different types of businesses. Many government officials and analysts believe that only entrepreneurial start-up firms or leaders in commercial information technology markets can produce the new, network-oriented military equipment. But Dombrowski and Gholz find that the existing defense industry will be best able to lead military-technology development, even for equipment modeled on the civilian Internet. The U.S. government is already spending billions of dollars each year on its "military transformation" program-money that could be easily misdirected and wasted if policymakers spend it on the wrong projects or work with the wrong firms. In addition to this practical implication, Buying Military Transformation offers key lessons for the theory of "Revolutions in Military Affairs." A series of military analysts have argued that major social and economic changes, like the shift from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age, inherently force related changes in the military. Buying Military Transformation undermines this technologically determinist claim: commercial innovation does not directly determine military innovation; instead, political leadership and military organizations choose the trajectory of defense investment. Militaries should invest in new technology in response to strategic threats and military leaders' professional judgments about the equipment needed to improve military effectiveness. Commercial technological progress by itself does not generate an imperative for military transformation. Clear, cogent, and engaging, Buying Military Transformation is essential reading for journalists, legislators, policymakers, and scholars.

Die Stalinschen Grossbauten Des Kommunismus

Author : Klaus Gestwa
ISBN : STANFORD:36105132600599
Genre : Communism and technology
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Als 1948 die Trümmerlandschaften des Krieges den Traumlandschaften von der kommunistischen Zukunftsgesellschaft wichen, realisierte die Moskauer Führung mit den "Stalinschen Großbauten des Kommunismus" ein ehrgeiziges Erschließungsprogramm. Die damals weltgrößten Flusskraftwerke gestalteten Natur um und strukturierten Gesellschaft neu, so dass sich die Sowjetunion im anbrechenden Kalten Krieg als Supermacht inszenieren konnte. Die von GULag-Häftlingen gebauten Plangiganten produzierten nicht nur Strom, sondern auch Visionen, mit denen sich Stalin und Chruscev die Einbildungskraft der Sowjetmenschen erobern wollten. Seit den 1960er Jahren entwickelten sich die brachial industrialisierten Flusslandschaften an der Wolga und in Sibirien immer mehr zu ökologischen Notstandsgebieten. Der über Jahrzehnte propagierte Wertekanon der technik- und fortschrittsgläubigen Sowjetgesellschaft geriet ins Wanken.

Modern Project Finance

Author : Benjamin C. Esty
ISBN : 0471434256
Genre : Business & Economics
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This cutting-edge financial casebook is divided into four modules: Structuring Projects, Valuing Projects, Managing Project Risk, and Financing Projects. The cases have been carefully selected to reflect actual use of project finance over the past five years in terms of geographic location (the cases come from 15 different countries) and industrial sectors. * Benjamin Esty, of the Harvard Business School, is one of the leading scholars in project finance. * Project finance is becoming the financing mechanism of choice for many private firms. * Cases require the reader to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines when making a single managerial decision. This integration of functional areas such as strategy, operations, ethics, and human resource management encourages the reader to adopt a more integrative perspective and understanding of the interconnectedness of managerial decision-making.

History Of Acquisition In The Department Of Defense Rearming For The Cold War 1945 1960

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105214588126
Genre : Cold War
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History Of Acquisition In The Dept Of Defense Vol Ii Adapting To Flexible Response 1960 1968 2013

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ISBN : MINN:31951D03758339H
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