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In Search of Excellence

Helen Chen, Ph.D., PE

Aristotle once said: "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation." As design professionals, engineers, architects and land surveyors are constantly in search of excellence and innovation in their work. This course helps you understand how the organization of a company influences everything from its productivity, creativity, culture to working environment. Through this course, you will learn how to become a more effective manager by learning the secrets of excellent companies as well as the mistakes of average companies.

This course is based entirely on the bestselling book In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr. This book is ranked by Forbes as No.1 among the 20 most influential business books ever. The authors researched top companies (both in long-term profitability and continued innovation) and conducted extensive interviews with business leaders to develop their attributes of excellent companies. They also discuss shortcomings of average companies and how to avoid their mistakes. Overall, with a straightforward and effective message, Peters and Waterman are able to convey how excellent companies manage to stay on top.

For your convenience, this course also includes a summary of all the important principles presented in the book. The course has a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.