CBAC SMPIG Revisiting Re-engineering the Corporation: Thoughts by the late Michael Hammer

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

August 19, 2011: 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

The Strategic Management Practices Issues Group is a monthly discussion group of Booth alumni and students who gather to discuss a pre-selected topic and reading material. This is a collegial gathering of equals and we do not present speakers. The TOPIC and instructions for obtaining the PRE-READING for August are:

Revisiting Re-engineering the Corporation thoughts by the late Michael Hammer

In the early 1990s' Michael Hammer published what soon became a bestseller. Re-engineering the corporation preceded other prescriptive business processes for strategic advantage and efficiency, e.g. TQM etc.

Today's competitive challenges have only upped the ante for sources of advantage. So we are revisiting Michael Hammer. Not only did he provide a provide a role model for resilience in the face of failure, but he shared severl lessons up until the time of his sudden death in 2008.

We will begin with a summary review by Art Kleiner entitled "Revisiting Reengineering," that appeared in Strategy and Business in July of 2000.

Next we selected two articles that Hammer wrote for HBR. The first "The Super Efficient Company" appeared in September 2001, describes the challenges of cross company business interactions, an issue that has been accelerated by globalism. Second a piece that appeared in April 2007, "The Process Audit," reflects his experience and growing wisdom from working with several companies to develop and implement a new framework for process-based transformation.

Finally, an interview with Michael Hammer "The Catalyst for Corporate Change", from CIO Insight; Oct2007, Issue 86, p40-46, 5p
(note this is available through the university access to EBSCO host, for simplicity, a PDF is attached).

The reading material is available upon registration.


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Deadline: 8/17/2011

Speaker Profiles

Rachel Kaberon (Moderator)


Elizabeth Bleakley, '02 

Other Information

Host: Marcus Velasco, '01, Bank of America Wealth Management

Continental Breakfast compliments of our host