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Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 1999
Version: 3 May 2005
Revision date: 15-Dec-2015

Abstract

GE is faced with Jack Welch's impending retirement and whether anyone can sustain the blistering pace of change and growth characteristic of the Welch era. After briefly describing GE's heritage and Welch's transformation of the company's business portfolio of the 1980s, the case chronicles Welch's revitalization initiatives through the late 1980s and 1990s. It focuses on six of Welch's major change programs: The 'Software' Initiatives, Globalization, Redefining Leadership, Stretch Objectives, Service Business Development, and Six Sigma Quality.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 1981-2001.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States

Featured company

General Electric
Employees:
10000+
Turnover:
USD 100 Billion
Industry:
Agribusiness

Featured protagonist

  • Jack Welch (male), CEO

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Abstract

GE is faced with Jack Welch's impending retirement and whether anyone can sustain the blistering pace of change and growth characteristic of the Welch era. After briefly describing GE's heritage and Welch's transformation of the company's business portfolio of the 1980s, the case chronicles Welch's revitalization initiatives through the late 1980s and 1990s. It focuses on six of Welch's major change programs: The 'Software' Initiatives, Globalization, Redefining Leadership, Stretch Objectives, Service Business Development, and Six Sigma Quality.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 1981-2001.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States

Featured company

General Electric
Employees:
10000+
Turnover:
USD 100 Billion
Industry:
Agribusiness

Featured protagonist

  • Jack Welch (male), CEO

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