What Works: A Decade of Change at Champion International / Edition 1

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Overview

An Inside Account of One Company's Remarkable Transformation

Take a fascinating, decade-long journey to witness the remarkable transformation of a mediocre company into a team-based top competitor. Your guides are a trio of participant/observers, all key players in achieving this systemic change of classic proportion.

—Jerome M. Rosow, president, Work in America Institute, Inc.

Anyone in a leadership position today, union or management, should read this book. It tells the important story of how labor/management partnerships can make a difference and provide workable solutions to complex problems presented by today's global economy.

—Boyd Young, international president, United Paperworkers International Union

A Cinderella story of perseverance and triumph, What Works is an instructive guide to achieving success through cooperation, teamwork, and courage. It tells the tale of how Champion International—one of America's oldest and largest industrial paper companies—transformed itself from an underachieving, tradition-bound organization into a thriving Wall Street winner over the course of eleven years. In answering the question of how a company can change successfully over time while remaining both humane and profitable, this brisk, brutally honest, insiders' account offers a number of hard-won lessons and practical tools to managers and visionaries faced with the same daunting challenges.

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"Take a fascinating, decade-long journey to witness the remarkable transformation of a mediocre company into a team-based top competitor. Your guides are a trio of participant/observers, all key players in achieving this systemic change of classic proportions." —Jerome M. Rosow, president, Work in America Institute, Inc.

"What Works makes a very important contribution by challenging conventional wisdom. The story of Champion International's decade of change illustrates that a fundamental and permanent transformation in corporate culture and performance depAnds on an evolutionary, bottoms-up organizational learning process led by many managers at all levels." —Michael Beer, Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Univesity

"Anyone in a leadership position today, union or management, should read this book. It tells the important story of how labor/management partnerships can make a difference and provide workable solutions to complex problems presented by today's global economy." —Boyd Young, international president, United Paperworkers International Union

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Recounts the transformation of Champion International from a struggling company to a Wall Street winner. Three of the company's leaders during the change tell about the company-wide commitment to sustained, progressive change in the face of considerable criticism and setbacks. They detail how Champion managed its sweeping change effort, analyze its enormous success, and provide a set of principles that can be applied to other companies at all organizational levels. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787941819
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/31/1998
  • Series: Business and Management Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 181
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD AULT was the senior consultant to Champion throughout most of the decade chronicled in the book and still works closely with the company. He is an indepAndent consultant who lives in Navarre, Florida. RICHARD WALTON teaches at the Harvard Business School and was formerly a consultant to Champion where he remains a member of the board of directors. He lives near Boston, Massachusetts. MARK CHILDERS is Champion's senior vice president of organizational development and human resources. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Foreward: A Remarkable Journey
1. Dogged Persistence And Unjustified Optimism: An Overview
2. Aligning the Organization: Strategy, Technology, and Values
3. Building Capabilities: Competence, Commitment, and Cooperation
4. Letting Go: Style, Structure, and Systems
AppAndix A: Research Methodology
AppAndix B: The Champion Way Statements
AppAndix C: Gainsharing

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