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6 Emerging Topics Shaping FM

6 Emerging Topics Shaping FM
11 October 2023

The International Facility Management Association has published findings from its latest working group, revealing six key topics shaping the FM industry.

The Emerging Topics Working Group was established by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in 2022, including 23 industry experts and seven members of the association’s professional staff, including IFMA President and CEO Don Gilpin, and Chair of IFMA’s Global Board of Directors Dean Stanberry, CFM, SFP.

As a result of the open discussion, IFMA has produced a white paper: “Evolution is Never Finished: Insights From IFMA’s Emerging Topics Working Group on How Six Key Topics are Transforming the FM Industry.” 

The report focuses on six dominant issues, trends and drivers shaping the profession of facility management (FM): 



“The convergence of external influences such as climate change, the rapid diffusion and uptake of digital technologies, and post-pandemic societal shifts is expanding FM knowledge, skill and experience requirements. These factors have accelerated the industry’s evolution from traditional back-of-house operations and maintenance to a new data-driven, people-centric, climate- and resource-aware era of FM,” said IFMA Board Chair and Chair of the Emerging Topics Working Group Dean Stanberry, CFM, SFP. “IFMA plays a crucial role in helping FMs navigate uncharted territory, delivering information and education to the FM community.”

The document has blank spaces for notes and questions for reflection, asking readers to consider how each emerging topic could impact their careers and FM organisations. Download “Evolution is Never Finished” here.

Picture: a graphic showing butterflies and the words "Evolution is never finished. Insights from IFMA's Emerging Topics Working Group on How Six Key Topics are Transforming the FM industry" Image Credit: IFMA

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 October 2023


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