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James Champy & Michael Hammer

Michael Hammer (b. 1948) is an electrical engineer, former computer science professor at MIT and President of Hammer and Company, a management education and consulting firm. He is, along with James Champy, a consultant who co-founded CSC Index and went on to run the consulting operations of Perot Systems, one of the founding fathers of reengineering, the managerial fashion of the early 1990s. The roots of the idea lay in the research carried out by MIT from 1984 to 1989 on ‘Management in the 1990s’.

 Hammer and Champy wrote the highly successful Re-engineering The Corporation (1993). The book is evangelical and passionate about the need for re-engineering though its practice proved distant from the dream.

 Hammer wrote a sequel, The Reengineering Revolution (with Steven Stanton, 1995). Amid the media attention, Hammer proved himself highly quotable, proclaiming that he was intent on reversing the industrial revolution – ‘I think this is the work of angels. In a world where so many people are so deprived, it’s a sin to be inefficient.’ Unfortunately, many reengineered companies found themselves to be sinners. Hammer’s latest book is The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade (2001). Champy’s most recent book is The Arc of Ambition : Defining the Leadership Journey (with Nitin Nohria 2000).

 The following is a tribute to Michael Hammer.


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