Event Date/Time: Mar 17, 2008 End Date/Time: Mar 19, 2008
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The first Design Firm Leadership Conference that will take place at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) from March 17-19, 2008.

This conference, with faculty from the Harvard Design School and the Harvard Business School, is designed to present the latest research and thinking on financial and strategic management of design firms including: benchmarking of key financial and operating metrics; ownership, capitalization and compensation planning; value creation strategies; risk management; mergers & acquisitions; and design firm valuation trends.

This year’s conference theme is integrated design practice and it coincides with the launch of a new research and education program on this subject at the GSD. In the conference, we will explore the potential of integrated practice to improve on-time, and on-budget project delivery as well as the broader strategic, financial, and management dimensions of design


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Optional Daylong Seminar on Integrated Practice and Project Delivery, Monday, March 17th, 9:00 to 5:30 PM Seminar website for Program and Registration Information www.gsd.harvard.edu/research/research_centers/idp/seminar_program.html Leveraging recent advances in Building-Information Modeling (BIM), integrated design practice has the potential to improve collaboration among the stakeholders in a development, e.g. owners, financiers, designers, consultants, contractors, and end-users and thereby facilitate earlier design changes, reducing disruption to budget and schedule, and thus improving project delivery for clients. Moreover, when ideas are cross-pollinated between professionals from different disciplines new creative synergies emerge that can enhance design innovation and further social and environmental objectives.