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10:20AM

Chart of the day: GM is the true globally integrative enterprise

WSJ chart and story on Toyota's struggles.

Whole point about being a globally integrated enterprise:  you source, R&D, manufacture and sell locally - all over the world, meaning your production isn't concentrated in your home country (reducing the perception of you being a "foreign" car everywhere you sell - to your advantage).

Check out the stats and you see that GM is the least concentrated in its home country.  I've always held up Toyota as prime example of what Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM, means when he uses the term GIE, but to my surprise, GM is already more "there" than Toyota.

And yes, I am impressed by that.

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It has been very difficult to pin down Palmisano on what he really means by GIE.
The best example is probably ABB Group where each unit is accountable for its returns. Harvard Business did a thorough study - here is an online version: http://www2.tepper.cmu.edu/bosch/bart.html

May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStuart Berman

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