Designing Better Managers

by Steve Haransky, P.E., Proj. Mgr.; FMI Corp., Raleigh, NC,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 4, Pg. 66-67

Document Type: Feature article


Designers traditionally have been hired for their technical and creative skills, but in the current tight labor market, they are increasingly taking on the role of project manager, especially at smaller firms where there are fewer people hired specifically for management roles. Though designers are trained problem-solvers, they often lack the formal business management education necessary to prepare them for their role as project managers. Nevertheless, there are steps that owners can take to choose the best candidates for management, and effective ways to train and mentor these candidates for the best possible outcomes.

Subject Headings: Managers | Business management | Owners | Mentoring | Labor | Education

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