Posts Tagged ‘management’

Smoke screens?

253 x served & 39 x viewedWe intend to achieve world-class process efficiency by implementing a systematic and quality-related improvement of processes and cost-efficiency in our production, sales and administration. We thereby hope to secure long-term competitiveness and generate strong cash flows that can be used for profitable growth. This is a real-life statement from […]

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Increasing innovative work behaviour

65 x served & 10 x viewedAn old friend of mine actually reads my blog and gives me comments via e-mail. After reading about the Linchpin story, he gave me a link to Gisela Jönsson's interesting blog. What really caught my eye was an intriguing short version of her thesis...

Johnny kicks ass at last day on the job…

Johnny Johnsson

80 x served & 14 x viewedJohnny Johnsson was celebrating his last day at work with a three-hour presentation of his achievements as company doctor at Stora Enso Fors over a period of more than 20 years. During the first 10 years, Fors became the healthiest company in Sweden. In…

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Bitter return to home

70 x served & 6 x viewedHelsingin Sanomat has summarised the rise and fall of Finnish paper industry's conquest of American and European paper companies. In the year 2000, the three companies Stora Enso, UPM and M-real were all very confident that their acqusitions were truly adding value to the...

Dumbest business decision of the decade

77 x served & 12 x viewedThe Swedish business paper "Dagens Industri" has listed ten candidates for the not so flattering distinction "dumbest business decisions of the decade" in Sweden. Stora Enso tops the list for the decision to acquire Consolidated Papers for EUR 4.9 billion in the year 2000....

Can an old company turn modern?

78 x served & 13 x viewedI read Gary Hamel's new book The Future of Management with enthusiasm and frustration. He sets the tone already in the preface with the following statement: Most companies have a roughly similar management hierarchy (a cascade of EVPs, SVPs, and VPs). They have analogous...