Big Organizations: Restructure Them into Small Ones

by Henry R. Derr, (M.ASCE), Project Engr.; Metcalf & Eddy International,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 2, Pg. 53-55


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Engineering firms and agencies grow in two ways: horizontally as the number of specialized support divisions increases, and vertically through new positions in the hierarchy. The traditional organization of these large offices, however, does not allow efficient use of the total capabilities of the individual engineer. An alternate approach is to organize personnel into cells or project groups of engineers who are multidisciplined and willing to take on added responsibilities. A second approach would be a clinic composed of 5 to 10 engineers with a balanced range of expertise. Use of a computer for design, administrative, and secretarial support would make this clinic practical.

Subject Headings: Engineering firms | Corporations | Organizations | Management

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