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The architect's guide to small firm management

Author: Rena M Klein; American Institute of Architects.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2010.
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Based on AIA surveys, most design firms are small organizations of less than twenty people. The leaders of these small firms are likely to be very entrepreneurial, but unlikely to have any training  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Klein, Rena M.
Architect's guide to small firm management.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2010
(DLC) 2009041799
(OCoLC)454384019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rena M Klein; American Institute of Architects.
ISBN: 9780470916841 0470916842 9780470916858 0470916850
OCLC Number: 657621753
Notes: "The American Institute of Architects."
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 215 pages) : illustrations
Contents: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. INTRODUCTION. PART I:MANAGING IN AN UNPREDICTABLE ENVIRONMENT. CHAPTER 1: BRINGING ORDER OUT OF CHAOS. PROFIT AND SATISFACTION. DESIGN FIRM BUSINESS MODELS. EFFICIENCY-BASED FIRMS. EXPERIENCE-BASED FIRMS. EXPERTISE-BASED FIRMS. ANY PROJECT THAT COMES THROUGH THE DOOR. SMALL FIRM ARCHETYPES. ARCHETYPE ONE: EVERYONE IS DISSATISFIED. ARCHETYPE TWO: ADMINISTRATIVE BREAKDOWN. ARCHETYPE THREE: UNINTENTIONAL ENMITY. CHAPTER 2: WHOLE FIRM SYSTEM. LINEAR THINKING AND SYSTEMS THINKING. RECOGNIZING PATTERNS. TRACKING TRENDS. SYMPTOMATIC AND FUNDAMENTAL SOLUTIONS. SUMMARY. CORE INCOMPETENCE. WHOLE FIRM SYSTEM DIAGRAM. TIME MANAGEMENT. COMMUNICATION EFFECTIVENESS. JOB SATISFACTION. CHAPTER 3: ROUTINIZE THE ROUTINE. OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS. THE TYPOLOGY OF WORK. ANALYZABILITY AND VARIETY. SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP. MATCH MANAGEMENT STYLE, STAFFING, AND WORK TYPES. HOW TO ROUTINIZE. PROJECT MANAGEMENT/ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE. PROJECT STARTUP PROCESS. CAPACITY UTILIZATION. CHAPTER 4: LEADERSHIP MATTERS. FIRM CULTURE. FIELD THEORY. SELF-AWARE LEADERSHIP. CONTROL VERSUS TRUST. CAREER CONTENTMENT. WORKING WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE. EFFECTIVE FIRM RETREATS. PLAN NONBILLABLE HOURS. PARTNERSHIPS. WHY PARTNER? WHAT MAKES PARTNERSHIPS WORK. RULES OF THE ROAD. WHAT MAKES PARTNERSHIPS FAIL. "UNINTENTIONAL ENMITY" REVISITED. SUCCESS IN GROUP WORK. PART II: BEST LAID PLANS. CHAPTER 5: LIFECYCLE OF A SMALL FIRM. WEALTH OR CONTROL. THE PRINCIPALS DILEMMA. GETTING TO THE NEXT LEVEL. BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BECOME. THE PYRAMID PROBLEM. THE MATRIX SOLUTION. TRANSFORMING MENTAL MODELS. EVERYONE IS DISSATISFIED REVISITED. CHAPTER 6: TRANSITION TIMES. THE 10-YEAR ITCH. WHEN PARTNERS GROW APART: J/H ARCHITECTS. A CAUTIONARY TALE. APPROACHING RETIREMENT. 10-YEAR RULE. EXPANDED CHOICES. NARROW CHOICES. OWNERSHIP TRANSITION OPTIONS. INTERNAL SALE AT RETIREMENT. TAKING ON A MINORITY PARTNER. CHAPTER 7: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT: BEYOND INTUITION. MACROECONOMIC INFLUENCES. ECONOMIC INDICATORS. THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS CYCLE. HOW SMALL FIRMS SURVIVE AN ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN. FINANCIAL TERMINOLOGY. FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND BENCHMARKS. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT TASKS. TRACK FIRM PROFITABILITY. TRACK CHARGEABLE RATIO AND DIRECT LABOR EXPENSE. TRACK BREAK-EVEN MULTIPLIER AND MULTIPLIER ACHIEVED. TRACK OVERHEAD EXPENSE AND BUDGET VARIANCE. TRACK BACKLOG AND OUTSTANDING PROPOSALS. YEAR-END FINANCIAL CHECKUP. ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL CHECKS. CHAPTER 8: SCENARIO PLANNING. INFLUENCES ON PROFITABILITY. CLIENT EXPECTATIONS. OVERHEAD EXPENSE. STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING PROFITABILITY. REALIZABLE REVENUE. INCREASE HOURS? INCREASE BILLING RATES (FEES)? INCREASE BILLABLE HOURS? ADD INTERN TO STAFF? ADD SKILLED STAFF? SCENARIO PLANNING STORY PROBLEM. STORY PROBLEM CHALLENGE. MOVE TO A LARGER OFFICE? PLANNING FIRM GROWTH. PART III: LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE. CHAPTER 9: STRATEGIC THINKING. BUSINESS PLANNING FOR SMALL DESIGN FIRMS. MARKETING PLANS. VALUE OF PARTICIPATORY PROCESS. SAMPLE BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATE. LEARNING IS JOB ONE. LEARNING BY DESIGN. LEARNING AS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE. CHAPTER 10: SMALL DESIGN FIRM PRACTICE MODELS. SOLO PRACTICE. ECONOMIES OF SMALL SCALE. CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOLO PRACTITIONERS. FIRMS OWNED BY MARRIED COUPLES. COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS. EASE OF COMMUNICATION. LESSONS LEARNED. SMALL FIRMS IN INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE. FIRM SIZE IS NO BARRIER. ANOTHER CALLING. THE VIRTUAL OFFICE OPTION. TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY OPPORTUNITY. CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES. CHAPTER 11: TECHNOLOGY AND INTEGRATED PRACTICE IN SMALL FIRMS. ADOPTING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING. INTEGRATED PRACTICE AND INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY. ARCHITECT-LED DESIGN-BUILD. ARCHITECT DEVELOPER. CREATING POCKET NEIGHBORHOODS: ROSS CHAPIN, AIA. GREEN DEVELOPMENT: TONY CASE, AIA. CHAPTER 12: BIG-PICTURE TRENDS. DIVERSITY IN PRACTICE. GENERATION GAPS. BOOMERS OUT, MILLENNIALS IN. TECHNOLOGICAL TETHERING. A MIXED BAG. HOW TO MANAGE MILLENNIALS. WOMEN IN DESIGN FIRM LEADERSHIP. "BRAIN DRAIN" REVEALED. LABYRINTH TO THE TOP. TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY WORKPLACE. THE TELEWORKING OPTION. CHAPTER 13: SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICS. TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE. SUSTAINABLE DESIGN FIRM PRACTICE. GREENING THE WORKPLACE. VALUES-BASED PRACTICE. ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW. SUSTAINABLE ECONOMICS APPLIED. CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IMPACT. TURN RED BUSINESS BLUE. FINAL WORDS. INDEX.
Responsibility: Rena M. Klein.

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