Chapter 1. History of Facilities Management

  1. Jane M. Wiggins

Published Online: 9 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320466.ch1

Facilities Manager's Desk Reference

Facilities Manager's Desk Reference

How to Cite

Wiggins, J. M. (2010) History of Facilities Management, in Facilities Manager's Desk Reference, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320466.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405186612

Online ISBN: 9781444320466



  • facilities management history;
  • origins of facilities management (FM) - traced to scientific management era;
  • FM, and office administration - bringing together groups of people into buildings;
  • ‘Facilities Management’ - coined by Ross Perot of EDS of USA;
  • energy crisis of 1970s, forcing organisations to analyse their true cost base;
  • Facility Management Institute (FMI) - credited with coining of ‘FM’ term;
  • International Facility Management Association (IFMA);
  • Facilities Management Association (FMA) - UK's leading representative trade body for employers;
  • action FM, collaboration of leading FM organisations in the UK;
  • EuroFM, network of more than 75 organisations - focused on FM


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Origins of facilities management

  • A Brief history of FM

  • Growth of the FM profession

  • Defining FM

  • Development of FM

  • European standard