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Case Details:


Case Code : HROB060 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
For delivery through courier (within India): Rs. 300 + Rs. 25 for Shipping & Handling Charges


Case Length : 10 Pages
Period : 1953-2004
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Semco
Industry : Diversified
Countries : Brazil


The case explains the unique culture at Semco, a Brazilian company. It explains how Semco survived and performed well in the turbulent Brazilian economy by making changes in the structure and culture of the company.

The case also highlights the values and beliefs that the company holds, the relationship between mangers and employees, and the unconventional paths the organization followed in order to develop new business segments - all these being factors responsible for making Semco one of the most successful companies in Brazil.

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  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Organizational Structure 3
Organizational Culture 4
Leadership and Change Management 6
Making News 7
Exhibits 8

Key Words:

Semco SA, Ricardo Semler, Organization Culture, Participatory Style of Management, Organizational Structure,Autonomous Business Units, Matrix Structure, Factory Committees, Nucleus of Technological Innovation, Core Values, Employee Participation, Profit Sharing, Reward System, Change Management, Decentralized Organization

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