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What living systems can teach the learning organization

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A number of leading US firms have gained substantial benefits from process-redesign efforts; global best practices are in place and efficiencies have been won. In recent years, process management has been maturing at firms like Corning, Du Pont, the Gartner Group, Hewlett-Packard, Marion Merrell Dow, MCI, PHH Vehicle Management Services, Texas Instruments and Xerox. They are moving to a new cycle, the creation of learning organizations. Here, Arun N. Maira and Robert M. Curtice, both vice-presidents at Arthur D. Little, Inc., assess how these companies are preparing for the future and how the study of "living systems" can benefit the business organization.

Keywords: Bpr; Flexibility; Systems Theory; Usa

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1997-02-01

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