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Having recently become active in several ASCE committees I've been struck by the perceived autonomy of the Institutes to "run their own business" independent of the larger ASCE organization. I don't believe there is a perfect business model – there will always be interfaces to be managed and complexities to be dealt with – but wonder if there enough being done to standardize where things can be standardized and to avoid duplication of effort where duplication can be avoided. Examples include focus on leadership development, younger members, and marketing. Content will vary but process is always ripe for standardization. Maybe I'm off base here, but it appears to me that more can be done to ensure that resources are maximized and outcomes are enhanced. I'm curious to hear from others who have more experience.