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Welcome to IFMA’s BIZ Community… we are the Business Community of Practice!!
IFMA’s Business Community (BIZ) is committed to connecting and providing valuable contents to individuals are in the business of providing facilities management (FM) services or use business competencies as part of their FM practitioner duties. A subset of the BIZ Community members, called the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) provides guidance to the BIZ Community by encouraging the effective integration of four of the eleven Core Competencies of Facility Management which are: 1) Leadership & Strategy; 2) Finance and Business; 3) Performance and Quality; and 4) Communications.
Upcoming BIZ Community Event: Educating Future Facilities Management Professionals-Academic Curricula and Research
Posted 16 September 2021
Did you know that colleges and universities around the country have developed curriculum to educate a new generation of facility management professionals? Did you know that FM-related research is being conducted at colleges and universities around the country? Like to learn more? The IFMA BIZ Community is sponsoring a panel webinar with five representatives of the academic community. The webinar is scheduled for 06 October 2021 at 1:00P Central. The session is open to everyone and is FREE!
Register here: https://bit.ly/3luWn4V
This Panel Discussion will center on the topic of what is happening in higher ed to help educate a new generation of facilities management professionals. Many current FM professionals fell into their positions by happenstance. Now, however, a number of colleges and universities have developed FM-related degree programs for individuals desiring to enter the world of FM by choice.
The discussion will be highlighting two aspects of FM in academia:
1. Degree programs and their curricula
2. Academic research related to FM topics
Individuals in leadership positions within FM organizations will be made aware of these FM-related degree programs which can help them in their efforts to recruit the next generation of FM leaders.
Participants will also be made aware of the FM-related research that has been completed, research that is currently underway and research planned for the future. The goal of the research teams is to deliver the results of the research to the practitioners so they can improve their own operations. If you don’t know the research exists, you can’t take advantage of the results.
We will also be discussing how the members of the academic community have been engaging with the IFMA Foundation to “get the word out.”
1 Increase awareness of colleges and universities offering FM-related degree programs.
2 Learn about the curricula that has been developed to support the programs.
3 Learn about FM-related research that has been completed, is currently underway and under consideration.
4 Learn how to access the results of the research.
5 Learn how to suggest various research topics of interest to the FM practitioners.
Please register and plan to learn about what is happening around country regarding academic side of higher ed — curriculum and research!
Doug Litwiller (SAG Member)
For access to the Engage discussion forum, BIZ Members click here.