In 1975, a group of managers from professional service firms met to discuss the need for a new association devoted exclusively to the management challenges at their firms. These managers decided that the purpose for the Professional Services Management Association would be “to improve the effectiveness of professional service organizations through the growth and development of business management techniques.” Engineering News Record (ENR) quoted the specific objectives of PSMA to “provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, establish guidelines for approaches to common management concerns, increase the recognition of the value of good business practices, and improve service to clients.”
The group of people who established PSMA included managers from accounting, architectural, construction management, development, engineering, environmental, laboratory, legal, planning, public relations, management consulting, research and surveying firms. Bound with common concern about the lack of a forum that focused on their issues; their common vision was an organization that would deal solely with management of professional service firms. This was the “glue” that held together this uncommon blend of managers.
PSMA is a not-for-profit, member-supported organization. We come together to “foster the development of professionals in architecture and engineering by promoting best practices, corporate stewardship, effective leadership and free exchange of ideas.”