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SAP Town Hall

SAP launched a new release of the Business Suite this week, and as a result there were a number of SAP executives in the US.  After the launch in NYC, they made their way down to the Newtown Square offices, where they held a Town Hall meeting.  It has been many years (in the opening […]

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Your time is coming!

This morning when I woke up, I checked my Blackberry (as I often do) before beginning to pack my son’s lunch.  Imagine the excitement when I came across this in my inbox! ______________________________________________   From: John B Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 5:45 PM To:  Natalie H Subject: Fw: Support for the COO programs and Projects Your time is coming! […]

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Meeting Ernie, learning Lean

One of the funny things about SAP is that we refer to our highest-ranking executives by their first names – Leo, Bill, Henning, Marty, Ernie, Hasso, Shai … Not that there aren’t other Germans at SAP named Henning!  But when you just say ‘Henning’, everyone knows who you’re talking about.  In my case, I’m really excited […]

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Talent Management

In my dissertation research, I explored the different mechanisms of control at work within the corporate context.  I took advantage of my insider access as a corporate employee to describe and analyze varied of business practices and deconstruct them from an anthropological point of view.  I looked at everything from employee communications, to budgeting, to […]

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Wild & wooly

SAP, it seems, is in a constant state of re-organization. I wrote a whole chapter on the topic in my dissertation, which I completed in 2004.  For reasons that I’ll get to in a minute, I re-read the chapter today and I feel that much of it still holds true, in spite of the fact […]

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