Posts Tagged ‘management’

Smoke screens?

269 x served & 44 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

70 x served & 15 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

84 x served & 17 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 2004, he…

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Bitter return to home

76 x served & 9 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

81 x served & 14 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?

82 x served & 14 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...