Professional services firms play a vital role in the social, environmental and economic well-being of any economy. This book considers the key skills and elements required to successfully lead and manage a professional services firm operating in the infrastructure sector. Public- and private-sector clients recognise the role that infrastructure plays in the functionality of our cities and that most urban conurbations have a backlog of infrastructure to deliver to meet the needs of increasing populations, greater urbanisation and emerging economies. Just keeping pace with projected global GDP growth will require an enormous investment in infrastructure and skilful leadership to deliver it.
In response to this challenge, professional services firms will need to be well-led and well-managed to be successful and sustainable in the long-term. Such organisations must provide high-value advice, design, knowledge and innovations to get more out of the existing assets and to plan and design new assets with greater integrity and construct them more productively, efficiently and effectively. This book provides practical frameworks for emerging operational managers and future project leaders to prepare them to successfully manage these firms and deliver such projects in the face of new and often disruptive technologies and shifting corporate landscapes.
The book is essential reading for aspiring leaders operating in all infrastructure market sectors including energy, water, sewerage, road, rail, ports, airports, education, health, justice, retail, entertainment, property and development sectors.
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
List of acronyms and glossary
The nature of the firm
Marketing and communications
Growth through mergers and acquisitions
Risks and opportunities
People and culture
Building systems and processes
How to increase the chance of project success
Tim Ellis has over thirty-five years’ experience in the engineering consulting industry having worked in operational management and project leadership roles across Australia, the Middle East, South East Asia and the UK. He has transitioned from technical specialisation, project management, operational management, project leadership and more recently to risk management. Over that time, Tim has successfully developed a diverse range of professional services firms through organic growth, outsourcing and acquisition. Major infrastructure projects have been a key platform for the growth of these firms. He is a Fellow and Engineering Executive of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.