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FM: The professional interface

Grimshaw, R. W.


R. W. Grimshaw


The world-wide growth of facilities management (FM) institutions with ambition to become recognised as professional gatekeepers raises issues about the claim of FM to be a profession. Does FM practice and conduct merit this designation? Using Nutt's resource-based approach to FM with its four “trails to the future”, the tensions that exist on the interface between the “business trail” and the “people trail” provide the context needed to discuss the nature of FM's professional credentials. This paper examines this context and the factors that influence each side of this professional interface and the implications for the development of a successful FM profession in contemporary society. © 2003, MCB UP Limited

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2003
Journal Facilities
Print ISSN 0263-2772
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3/4
Pages 50-57
Keywords facilities
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Additional Information Additional Information : Derived from a keynote speech to the CIB W70 Symposium held in Glasgow in 2003. Draws on research from the then on-going funded projects within the Facilities Innovation Programme sponsored by Johnson Controls into flexible working and the CABE funded project looking at the impact of good design on HE outcomes. Grimshaw was the principal investigator on all these projects.

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