A Profession Peers at Itselfby Howard Smallowitz, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 10, Pg. 51-53
Document Type: Feature article
An increasing number of firms are inviting their competitors to come in and survey the way they do business. Peer reviews cover all aspects of a firm's management, from record keeping to employee reviews, from conract language to quality control. All aspects of the firm's operations are fair game for inspection, except for reviews of financial data, which could be construed as an attempt at restraint of trade. Many firms are also relying on peer reviews of individual projects, particularly where innovative approaches are being used, of where the consequences of a failure would be catastrophic.
Subject Headings: Peer review | Financial management | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Employees | Inspection | Quality control | Innovation
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