Buro Happold (Abridged) Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In 1996, Ted Happold, founder of Buro Happold engineering services died and Padraic Kelly became the new managing director of the company (MD). One of his first initiatives "aim for growth," which was intended to help the company move beyond its current size, where it was limited to the structure of having each of the founding partners of the firm, is responsible for a group of 25-30 engineers. This initiative has been very successful, but then the firm was the lack of leadership skills at all levels of the organization to manage the company is much larger, growing 10 times over 10 years. The lack of leadership skills was recognized clients that gave the firm opinion about it. In response, Buro Happold has developed its first formal internal training program called "Archimedes Academy." The first two programs were: (1) Work program manager for senior engineers and designed to help them be more effective in working with clients, and ( 2) The program manager of the project, is designed for project managers and designed to help them develop the "soft" management skills to complement their technical. Archimedes Academy distinctive feature is that these early programs were developed and delivered by the cohort, who first came to them. Instead partner university to develop an accredited program, the company decided it would be better to develop the program itself, with the help of an external consultant, who did something similar to his previous employer, in order to ensure that programs are sufficiently specific needs Buro Happold and related to culture of the firm. first two programs were a great success, and the firm has expanded to prepare proposals under the Banner of Archimedes.
It ends with the customer, the Middle Eastern city authorities to Buro Happold Consulting, a new block is created Padraid Kelly after leaving the MD in 2006, asking the firm to develop a training program for them. This request raises the question of whether it is an internal training opportunities should be the basis of the foreign services offered. "Hide
by Robert G. Eccles, Ryan Johnson Source: Harvard Business School 15 pages. Publication Date: June 4, 2012. Prod. #: 412123-PDF-ENG

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