Distinctive capabilities have been central to Danaher’s success since the mid-1980s, when Mitchell Rales and Steven Rales, two brothers who owned a commercial real estate business, discovered they had a knack for buying and turning around ailing manufacturing companies. Over the years, the company had evolved from a highly leveraged startup to a profitable family of ventures with a market capitalization of more than US$40 … [ Read more ]
Content: Case Study | Authors: Art Kleiner, George Roth | Source: strategy+business | Subjects: Management, Mergers & Acquisitions | Company: Danaher
Two senior executives from the global bank describe their recent journey.
Content: Case Study | Authors: Bart Schlatmann, Peter Jacobs | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Change Management, Management, Organizational Behavior
Fast Company’s most extensive article in eight years, informed by hundreds of hours of interviews from inside and around the company, thousands of pages of documents that were leaked to us, on-site reporting from farms to industrial kitchens, and revealing discussions with Steve Ells, his co-CEO Monty Moran, and other top Chipotle leaders. It is an eye-opening, entertaining, and unvarnished look at a company and … [ Read more ]
Content: Case Study | Author: Austin Carr | Source: Fast Company | Subjects: Management, Risk Management | Company: Chipotle
The Canadian telecom giant transformed its business by adopting a clear, stable approach to strategy and culture.
Content: Case Study | Author: John Izzo | Source: strategy+business | Subjects: Industry Specific, Legal, Management | Industry: Telecommunications | Company: Telus
Amazon has shown a remarkable ability to succeed in a wide variety of different product categories. That’s a contrast to most other high-profile tech companies that are really good in one area — Google’s dominant online services or Apple’s extraordinarily profitable hardware — but struggle when the quest for growth pushes them outside their zone of core competency. Amazon has figured out how to combine … [ Read more ]
Content: Case Study | Author: Timothy B. Lee | Source: Vox | Subjects: Innovation, Management, Strategy | Industry: Retail | Company: Amazon.com Inc.
A case study of change at Philips illustrates the importance of the “soft stuff.” An interview with Pieter Nota, head of the Dutch technology group’s Consumer Lifestyle sector.
Content: Case Study | Authors: Michiel Kruyt, Udo Kopka | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subject: Management | Company: Philips
Customers always come first for this Chinese appliance maker — even as it continually reinvents itself and expands around the world.
Content: Case Study | Authors: Bill Fischer, Fang Liu, Umberto Lago | Source: strategy+business | Subject: Management | Industry: Consumer Products | Company: Haier
At the Japanese auto giant, unplanned, agenda-free meetings are ubiquitous and indispensable.
Content: Case Study | Author: Jeffrey Rothfeder | Source: strategy+business | Subject: Management | Company: Honda Motor Company
How United Technologies Corporation—owner of Pratt & Whitney, Otis Elevator, and a wide range of other businesses—became one of the major corporate success stories of the past two decades.
Content: Case Study | Author: George Roth | Source: strategy+business | Subject: Management | Company: United Technologies Corporation
By linking customers and capabilities, companies can generate the momentum for sustainable growth.
Editor’s Note: I didn’t find the flywheel concept articulated in the article especially compelling, but nor is it without any merit.
Content: Case Study | Authors: Jeff Bennett, Tim Laseter | Source: strategy+business | Subject: Management | Companies: Johnson Controls, Pulte Homes
Changes in the marketplace, if not monitored, can cause serious losses in profit, market share, and in stakeholders’ confidence. Such was the case with one of the most celebrated American companies, Hershey’s. When the company failed to keep its ear to the ground and eye on the ball it lost touch with consumers and retailers. A shift in the company’s focus and a re-alignment of … [ Read more ]
Content: Case Study | Author: Rick Kash | Source: Ivey Business Journal | Subjects: Management, Marketing / Sales, Operations, Strategy | Industry: Food Products/Service | Company: Hershey’s
In a new market, you need to secure a foothold. World domination can come later.
Content: Case Study | Author: Stephen Wunker | Source: The Conference Board Review | Subjects: International – Africa, Management, Strategy | Industries: Finance / Banking, Telecommunications | Company: Celpay
How one of the world’s most innovative companies discovered the value of focusing its R&D attention on its own business practices.
Content: Case Study | Author: Inder Sidhu | Source: strategy+business | Subject: Management | Company: Cisco Systems
The office-furniture design leader is betting on innovation as it continues to push the envelope of management practice.
Content: Case Study | Author: Bill Birchard | Source: strategy+business | Subject: Management | Company: Herman Miller
How Coach learned to know, not guess, what customers want.
Content: Case Study | Author: Adrian J. Slywotzky | Source: Oliver Wyman | Subjects: Customer Related, Management, Marketing / Sales | Company: Coach
Will Volkswagen’s “Olympic” program help it reassert its advantage in China?
Content: Case Study | Author: Ashok Som | Source: European Business Forum (EBF) | Subjects: International – China, Management | Industry: Automotive | Company: Volkswagen
Drawing on a wealth of stable values, strategic history and shared mindsets, the company’s leaders have created a strong but flexible performance anatomy that allows the organization to build on past successes and adapt to future challenges.
Content: Case Study | Authors: Ana Dutra, Jane C. Linder, Robert J. Thomas | Source: Outlook Journal (Accenture) | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior | Industry: Transportation | Company: UPS
After 25 years of diligently working her way up the corporate ladder at Xerox, one would imagine that being named President and Chief Operating Officer would be a moment of great satisfaction for Anne Mulcahy. As it turned out, however, it was not. In truth, a word she has used to describe the feeling of being given the position is dread. Of course, … [ Read more ]
Content: Case Study | Author: Gavin Kotze | Source: TheWorkingManager.com | Subjects: Change Management, Management | Company: Xerox
The development and diffusion of a winning mindset is central to the ability of a high-performance business to outpace its competitors. Here’s how one company – Harrah’s Entertainment – created that mindset by mastering five key tasks.
Content: Case Study | Authors: Robert J. Thomas, Walter E. Shill | Source: Outlook Journal (Accenture) | Subjects: Industry Specific, Management | Industry: Gambling | Company: Harrah’s Entertainment
The true test of any company’s leadership development is the caliber and depth of its senior management ranks.Yet so often we hear CEOs complain that they just don’t have enough talent on the bench. The problem is that traditional management development remains too far removed from the day-to-day realities of business. A few companies have pioneered effective approaches. Consider the tack taken by Kraft Foods. … [ Read more ]
Content: Case Study | Authors: Marcia Blenko, Vijay Vishwanath | Sources: Bain & Company, Leader to Leader | Subjects: Human Resources, Management | Industry: Food Products/Service | Company: Kraft Foods Inc.