The First World Trade Center Project: A Historical Tribute to a Great Mega Project

Donald Olson
Randall Vendetti
Aaron Shenhar


The tragic collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 could not erase the memory of one of the most successful projects in history. The project set standards of excellence in project management for years to come. Using a retrospective look at the construction management of the WTC during the 1960s and 1970s, we show how the vision of great leadership and a determined organization transformed the economy of one of the most important cities in the world.

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