Radical Change Requires a Firm Foundation

by Robert L. Kimmons, (F.ASCE), Vic Pres. and Div. Mgr.; C.F. Braun & Co., Murray Hill, N.J. 07974; formerly, Vice Pres. of Engrg., A.G. McKee & Co., Cleveland, Ohio,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 3, Pg. 165-173

Document Type: Journal Paper


The methodology is presented for the consolidation of two engineering departments in a major international design/contracting firm with over 600 employees. Four managers formed the planning team that developed a logical and systematic approach to improve efficiency of the organizational structure. A very participative form of management techniques was employed. The program was divided into two steps, planning and implementation. A full-time manager was employed to direct the implementation efforts. The consolidation occurred during a period of high work load, and successful completion of the projects underway held priority over the organizational changes.

Subject Headings: Managers | Engineering firms | Employees | Team building | Wood structures | Load and resistance factor design

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