Topic: Management

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An Infrastructure for Organizational Transformation at Shell Oil

One of the most valuable insights I ever received on transforming organizations came from my study of physics. My early studies of classical physics …

Decision-Making: The Empowerment Challenge

Imagine that you work for a company that has created a powerful and compelling shared vision. Furthermore, you and your colleagues have established a …

Creating Business Results Through Team Learning

As of 1993, Sigma Tech (a fictional name) was one of the most successful small corporations in the U.S. The company’s business was both …

Stewardship: A New Employment Covenant

The latest casualty of the changes sweeping through corporate America is the lifetime employment contract — the implicit agreement that provided employees with economic …

Thinking Systemically About Strategy

During the mid-1980s, a large high-technology company launched a project to begin thinking more systemically about strategy. “COPEX” (a fictional name) designed, manufactured, sold, …

Is There More to Corporations than Maximizing Profits?

The sole purpose of a corporation is to maximize return on investment to shareholders.” That is the raison d’etre for most organizations — and …

Building a Core Competence in Community

I recently worked with a group in a high-tech computer company that once had a very alive sense of community. The people felt more …

Apple’s Dilemma

One of the most delicate balancing acts a company must perform is to introduce a new product without cannibalizing or adversely affecting its existing …

Human Dynamics: A Foundation for the Learning Organization

In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge posed the question, “How can a team of committed managers with individual IQs above 120 have a collective …

Building Learning Infrastructures

In order to facilitate and accelerate learning, we need to design opportunities for making mistakes. While organizations have many fail-safe systems to ensure smooth …