Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1990 (Revised October 1999)

Turner Construction Company: Project Management Control Systems

by Robert L. Simons and Hilary Weston


After providing a brief overview of Turner Construction Co.'s structure and project work, the case gives a detailed description of its project management control system, the IOR system. In addition to explaining the mechanics of the IOR system, the case identifies the uses and benefits of the system from the perspectives of different level managers. Finally, the role of the IOR system as a decision support tool is illustrated through a specific dilemma on a project in progress.

Keywords: Mission and Purpose; Cost Management; Performance Evaluation; Risk Management; Strategic Planning; Planning; Management Systems; Management Teams; Construction Industry;


Simons, Robert L., and Hilary Weston. "Turner Construction Company: Project Management Control Systems." Harvard Business School Case 190-128, March 1990. (Revised October 1999.)