By Monica C. Higgins, Edgar H. Schein
In response to her learn of 800 biotechnology businesses and 3,200 biotechnology executives, Harvard enterprise university professor Monica Higgins stumbled on that one firm–Baxter–was the breeding floor for today’s such a lot winning biotechnology ventures. This phenomena of 1 association spawning an has also been visible within the high-tech (Hewlett-Packard) and semiconductor industries (Fairchild). in spite of the fact that, formerly there was no compatible clarification of why and how those organizations were capable to create the subsequent iteration of leaders. Career Imprints indicates why Baxter used to be such a success in spawning senior executives and provides an realizing of what it takes for a company to supply leaders that may dominate an for future years. during this vital ebook, Higgins indicates that an organization’s "career imprint"¾the results of corporation platforms, constitution, technique, and culture¾that staff take with them all through their careers is the major to making nice leaders. via knowing those elements, employees, human source executives, and CEOs can examine their very own organization’s occupation imprint and enhance leaders.
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That is why this chapter is devoted to their case studies. Their personal stories provide the foundation for the analysis of career imprinting offered in Part II of this book. Schmergel’s case is featured in more detail because he was an exemplar in making the move from Baxter to biotechnology. Gabe Schmergel’s Story Gabe Schmergel was born in Hungary in 1940. In 1956, at the age of sixteen and with Hungary in political turmoil, he left with his family for the United States in search of a better life.
In1952,Baxter’s focus on product diversification led to the purchase of Hyland Laboratories, the company’s first acquisition. Hyland Laboratorieswasaleaderintheproductionofcommerciallyusablehuman plasmaandsowasdirectlyrelatedtoBaxter’scorefocusonthecollection, separation, packaging,andstorageofbloodproducts. In 1953, William Graham, a patent lawyer who had joined Baxter in 1945 as a vice president, succeeded Ralph Falk as president—a position he would retain for twenty-seven years. The following year, Baxter opened operations in Belgium, marking the beginning of Baxter’s strategy of local manufacturing (versus exporting) in international markets and, simultaneously, the decentralization of many of Baxter’s operations.
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