Planned succession ~ SOM case study

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is recognised throughout the AEC industry as one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the world. On 3 September SOM managing partner, Richard F. Tomlinson II retired in accordance with their partnership agreement. His career retrospective provides more than an interesting insight into a major firm in transition. See (DesignIntelligence).

Richard Tomlinson includes a long and worthy list of principles that guided him through over 44 years at SOM and nearly 28 years as an elected partner. How many consulting firms can demonstrate not just years of success, but a sound set of guiding principles and adherence to a succession process?

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