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(DEV-1689) Times of Change: The Future of Professional Institutions in the Built Environment

Primary Author: Dr. Alexia A. Nalewaik CCP and Dr. Anthony J. Mills

Audience Focus: Intermediate
Application Type: Research
Venue: 2014 AACE International Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA

Abstract: The aim of this research was to explore the evolution of the profession and professional institutions in the built-environment industry. Success of professional institutions is marked by their ability to adapt to changing market situations and provide value to members. This research compares the changing characteristics of several cost engineering and quantity surveying professional associations, against trends in professional firms.

The research gathered information in three stages. The first step comprised a literature review. The second and third stages involved the collection and analysis of data on demographics, body of knowledge, identity, and professional services. This data was used to explore various themes that emerged during analysis.

Professional associations have had to adapt significantly to changes in members’ needs and the cost engineering / quantity surveying industry, resulting in evolution of technical products, online services, and globalization. The research objective was to determine what elements of professional institutions should be carefully considered, in conducting strategic planning for the future.