Proceedings of a symposium held at the ASCE National Convention, held in October, 1982. Sponsored by the Engineering Management Division of ASCE.
This collections contains eight papers on business practices and the role of the engineer as manager. In a case history of the development, growth, and evolution of a consulting engineering firm formed in 1958, the setbacks and rewards of running a consulting engineering firm are presented. Considerations for the establishment of a new business within the engineering community are outlined in a subsequent paper. The development from engineer to businessman is reviewed from four different viewpoints including an assessment of desirable individual characteristics, an outline of fast-track methods for developing managers, an overview of manager development within a matrix structure, and a review of manager development programs. Risk management from a contractor
s viewpoint is presented, followed bya basis for effective decision-making in probabilistic risk assessment.