The following reports offer insight into the policies and management practices of these mostly-successful companies.
Consulting engineering firms; WSP and others (PDF)
Recent aggressive acquisitions by Canadian-headquartered firms should lead to export opportunities! With the completion of several major acquisitions over the last two years, Stantec and WSP Global along with the longer-established firm SNC, Canada has three sizable engineering and architectural firms that are of a size to compete on a global scale. But are they able to compete with other international firms?
GE, post Immelt. Compare to 3M (PDF). Also GE update
CIO identifies the innovation management practices which GE might change in order to improve its lackluster financial performance of the past decade. Immelt’s restructuring should set the stage for improvement but better practices are needed. Could Google’s practices act as a model? GE update December, 2017.
Apple versus RIM (PDF)
CIO has researched both Apple (under Jobs) and RIM (under Lazaridis and Balsillie) and identified the important management practices relating to innovation which go a long way to explain why Apple was so successful during this period and why RIM’s business declined dramatically.
Massey-Ferguson Ltd. (PDF)
Once Canada’s largest industrial enterprise with a global business and 68,000 employees, is now only a brand name owned by an American company, AGCO. M-F was a successful company. One can learn more from mistakes than from successes! What role did innovation, or the lack of innovativeness, play in the company’s demise? Three ex-employees of the company provide their insight into this failure. What’s wrong with this picture – today? http://www.corporateinnovationonline.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/MF-and-Trudeau.jpg
Ken Iverson is given credit for getting Nucor off the ground. He had a distinct management philosophy, dramatically different for the steel industry at the time, which established management practices that proved hugely successful. The focus of this Profile is on Iversons’ leadership and practices. Nucor was the largest steel company in the U.S.