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Case Title:

Maruti Metal Works: Evaluation of Project using PERT

Publication Month and Year : December 2009

Authors: RagaSravanthi Vemulavada R. Muthukumar

Industry: General Business

Region: India

Case Code: OM0011

Teaching Note:  Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available


Maruti Metal Works Pvt. Ltd. (MMW) is one of the famous metal works plants in India. The plant is into manufacturing and exporting industrial rectifiers, industrial ovens, magnetic pumps, centrifugal pumps and industrial processing equipment for a variety of businesses. Since the plant manufactures industrial processing equipment, a lot of smoke is emitted from the plant. The plant has been avoiding the expense of installing air pollution controlling equipment even after repeated warnings from the environmental protection groups (EPG). The local EPG has warned the company to get a complex air filter system installed on its main smokestack within 16 weeks. Madhav, the managing partner of the plant was worried about how to manage such large-scale, complicated projects effectively. He does not want any money to get wasted which occurs if the projects are poorly planned and wanted to avoid unnecessary delays caused due to poor scheduling. The case mainly deals with how Madhav has adopted Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) in order to plan, schedule, monitor and control the project.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To understand the basics of Project Management
  • To explain Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  • To explain time-cost trade-offs.

Keywords : Project, Project Management, PERT, Program Evaluation and Review Technique, time-cost trade-offs, slack time, earliest start, earliest finish, latest start, latest finish, network, project crashing, Course Case Mapping


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