Spoke 2 weeks ago to a feisty J&J division—DePuy Spine. J&J.2005 is more or less J&J.1980 that I researched for In Search of Excellence. But before the ink on the pages of that book was dry, HP's CEO John Young was hiring MBAs & centralizing formerly feisty HP. Dave Packard called him on it. But ghost-of-Dave couldn't hold out forever. Carly, for all her merits & demerits, was a through & through ... CENTRALIZER! She was from the git-go appalled at HP's residual divisional autonomy. And attacked it ... ever so effectively.
Axiom: In the long haul ... CENTRALIZERS LOSE!
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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