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Florence Duomo project (1420–1436): Learning best project management practice from history

Kozak-Holland, MP and Procter, CT 2014, 'Florence Duomo project (1420–1436): Learning best project management practice from history' , International Journal of Project Management, 32 (2) , pp. 242-255.

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Abstract

This paper narrates the project management of the construction of the Florence Duomo by Filippo Brunelleschi in the fifteenth century. This was the most significant dome project in Europe in 1300 years, and possibly the most significant, innovative and complex project of the Renaissance era (Colombo and Lanzavecchia, 1997). It still stands as the largest brick dome ever built. In order to achieve what seemed technically impossible at the time, Brunelleschi researched and adapted the construction and project management of the Pantheon in Rome in the second century. The paper allows us in turn to learn both product and process innovation from this case study, both of which are essential to contemporary project management practice. The case is valuable in understanding key drivers of project management success, and illustrates the substantial potential for learning, and therefore knowledge transfer, from previous historical projects and experiences.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Schools > Salford Business School > Business and Management Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Project Management
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0263-7863
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Chris Procter
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 13:57
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 11:16
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30714

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