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Essence of Facilities Management Essay

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FACILITIES Vol 8/No 8/August 1990

ANALYSIS

The essence of
facilities
management
REAL FACILITIES MANAGEMENT IS NOT ABOUT
CONSTRUCTION, REAL ESTATE, BUILDING
OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE OR OFFICE SERVICES.
IT IS ABOUT FACILITY PLANNING - WHERE BUILDING
DESIGN MEETS BUSINESS OBJECTIVES. THIS,
ARGUES TONY THOMSON, IS THE KEY TO GREATER
PROFESSIONAL MATURITY.

T

he first decade of facilities management has nearly
ended - it can be considered to have officially begun
in the US with the formation of the International
Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the
Facilities Management Group (FMI) in 1980. The UK
can claim to have officially participated in this decade of
development by way of comment and opinion - the first
issue of Facilities was published in the UK in 1983 and through professional development - the Association
of Facilities Managers (AFM) and the Institute of
Administrative Management (IAM/FMG) were both
formed in the UK in 1985. Despite all these initiatives
where is the profession today? In my own opinion, still
on very thin ice.
Facilities management offers organisations many
solutions for improving business performance, yet too
many organisations still consider it to be a solution
looking for a problem. They fail to recognise areas
where real value can be added and instead adopt piecemeal
approaches that reap no long term rewards and often offer
little short term gain. I recognise that such comments
are negative and do little for the cause of facilities
management, but I shall attempt to qualify them here.
DESCRIBING FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Take any five facilities managers, ask them to describe
what facilities management is and you will be fortunate
to find two similar descriptions. Most definitions will
be reduced to lists of a particular manager's
responsibilities. To me this is rather like asking the
same question of a hotel manager and getting a response
that lists reception, porterage, room service,...

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