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8.08 Redefining FM Education: Preparing The Next Generation of FM Leaders

Thursday, April 4, 2013
9:15 AM-10:15 AM
Track: Council/Industry Specific
Format: Panel Discussion
Organization: IFMA
Knowledge Level: 300 level
Session Description: The recent RICS report, “Raising the Bar” (November, 2012) claimed that the critical skills for FM leaders in the future center around business strategy, interpersonal relationships, and inspirational leadership. Yet even a cursory review of current FM higher education and professional certification programs suggests that virtually all the content is focused on technical FM issues:  building design, construction, operation, and maintenance. While these core skills are essential for basic FM jobs, they do not address the organizational and leadership areas that are central to the future of FM. This session, featuring two experienced FM educators and two senior practitioners, will discuss the state of current FM education and lay out a call for action to enhance and expand the training of future FM leaders.
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the state of current FM education programs.
  • Identify the skills needed for FM success in the future.
  • Explore what kinds of educational experiences are needed to build future FM leaders.
  • Define a call for action.
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    James Ware, Ph.D.
    The Future of Work...unlimited
    Executive Director

    Jim Ware works with senior executives who want to take charge of the future by building organizations that attract exceptional people, leverage innate talent and increase productivity. He is a former Harvard Business School professor who has spent his entire career helping clients invent their own futures by exploring and interpreting the changing nature of work, the workforce and the workplace. He facilitates conversations and collaborative learning, builds scenarios of alternative futures, and transforms ideas and insights into bottom-line results. Jim is currently the executive director of the Future of Work unlimited research program and advisory services. He has more than 30 years of experience in research, executive education, consulting and management, including five years on the faculty of the Harvard Business School. He is the author of Chapter 8, Managing Change, from the 2011 IFMA Foundation book, "Work on the Move." He was also a co-author and lead editor for "Cut It Out! Save for Today, Build for Tomorrow," IFMA Foundation September 2009. He co-authored "Corporate Agility" (2007), which addresses the need for organizations to integrate the H.R., I.T. and CRE/facilities functions to develop new capabilities for competing in a flat, global economy. Jim holds a Ph.D., M.A. and B.Sc. degrees from Cornell University and an MBA (With Distinction) from the Harvard Business School. He currently serves as the elected president of the Corporate Real Estate Council of IFMA.

    Alexander Redlein, PhD
    Vienna University of Technology
    Dr. Alex Redlein
    IFM - Center for Information and Facility Management

    Dr. Alexander Redlein is a professor of facility management at the Vienna University of Technology and past president of IFMA Austria. Since his interdisciplinary studies at the Vienna University of Technology and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, he has been engaged in research, education and consultancy in the area of FM. At the Vienna University of Technology, he is head of the Center for Information and Facility Management and an MBA program for FM. In addition to his research activities, he is responsible for technology transfer between the university and CEE companies. On numerous occasions he has set up FM concepts for international companies optimizing their FM processes, ICT and space management. As a researcher, he conducts international studies about the status quo of FM in CEE and about the value added by FM. In the area of sustainability, he compares building ratings systems and their impact on facility and real estate management.

    Roger Peterson
    Senior Vice President

    Roger Peterson is a Senior Vice President at Aramark and the currrent Chair of the IFMA Foundation. Previously he was a Director of Operations at Johnson Controls and a Vice President at Impact Management Services. He holds an MS in Business Administation from Boston University

    Jeffery Campbell, Ph.D., IFMA Fellow
    Brigham Young University
    Chair, Facility and Property Management
    School of Technology, Facility and Property Manangement

    Dr. Jeffery Campbell is chair of the Facility and Property Management Program at Brigham Young University. His 30+ years of professional application, teaching and research have led to more than 45 publications and 14 books including three about outsourcing. He served on the National Research Council, where he helped identify the best strategies for asset management for the 21st century. He is an international speaker, has won the IFMA Educator of the year twice, and became an IFMA Fellow in 2005. He has been the advisor to the BYU IFMA Student Chapter since 1997. The chapter has won the IFMA Student Chapter of the Year award 10 of the last 15 years.

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