Product details

By continuing to use our site you consent to the use of cookies as described in our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.
You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them.
Case
-
Reference no. IMD-3-1241
Published by: Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Originally published in: 2004
Version: 06.08.2004
Length: 15 pages
Data source: Field research
Topics: Leadership; Strategy

Abstract

This is the first of a four-case series (IMD-3-1241 to IMD-3-1244). The series examines the evolution of ABB under its four leaders, from the merger to 2002. The (A) case describes the history of both companies, Asea AB and Brown Boveri et Cie, the rationale for the merger, the merger process and the integration and restructuring of the company under Percy Barnevik, the first CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of ABB. Why was the merger so successful? What were the advantages and disadvantages of Barnevik''s management system, especially the highly decentralised matrix structure? How did this structure serve ABB? At the end of 1996, Barnevik decided to step down as CEO. Who would succeed him? What were the challenges that the new CEO would face? A video ''The ABB Eras'' (IMD-3-1241-V) is available to accompany the case series.
Location:
Industry:
Size:
USD30 billion
Other setting(s):
1988-1996

About

Abstract

This is the first of a four-case series (IMD-3-1241 to IMD-3-1244). The series examines the evolution of ABB under its four leaders, from the merger to 2002. The (A) case describes the history of both companies, Asea AB and Brown Boveri et Cie, the rationale for the merger, the merger process and the integration and restructuring of the company under Percy Barnevik, the first CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of ABB. Why was the merger so successful? What were the advantages and disadvantages of Barnevik''s management system, especially the highly decentralised matrix structure? How did this structure serve ABB? At the end of 1996, Barnevik decided to step down as CEO. Who would succeed him? What were the challenges that the new CEO would face? A video ''The ABB Eras'' (IMD-3-1241-V) is available to accompany the case series.

Settings

Location:
Industry:
Size:
USD30 billion
Other setting(s):
1988-1996

Related