New Publication Describes Challenges/Solutions for A/E Firms’ Board of Directors

April 16, 2007

The role of the board of directors is evolving. Recent corporate scandals have turned the spotlight on boards across all industries, and while the board is not a new entity for most A/E firms, it is receiving new scrutiny all the same. A new best practices book from ZweigWhite looks at how to best structure a board, how to get added value from this governing body, and how to avoid common pitfalls.

The A/E Board of Directors Cookbook explains all the duties and responsibilities of the board of directors, who should staff the board, and how the board can benefit the firm. A/E Board of Directors Cookbook also covers topics including whether to include outside members, how to leverage the board's experience for the firm's benefit, and how to ensure the board focuses on the right issues. The book also looks at best practices for compensating directors, creating an effective board meeting agenda, and is filled with examples and case studies of what real firms in the industry are doing.

"Although most firms in the A/E industry are privately held and not subject to the new federal regulations stipulated in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that was created as a result of the corporate scandals at the beginning of the century, most firms can benefit from some of the best practices advice that has surfaced in their wake," says Elaine Kornbau, managing editor, ZweigWhite. "A/E Board of Directors Cookbook includes tips and advice from firms with successful boards that can help just about any firm get more mileage out of its board."

A/E Board of Directors Cookbook is available at

ZweigWhite is a leading source of management consulting, information, and education for the design and construction industry. ZweigWhite brings together experts in strategic business planning, organization, operations, business valuation, ownership transition, human resources, recruitment, finance and administration, information technology, mergers and acquisitions, market research, marketing, project management and project delivery methods. The firm is headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in Natick, MA, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

For further information, contact Elaine Kornbau at [email protected] or visit

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