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Published: August 15, 2011

 
 

How to Prevent Self-Inflicted Disasters

An organizational DNA analysis doesn’t prevent any particular crisis; instead, it gives you a better capability for identifying whether your organization is vulnerable to all such crises. This type of analysis is equally useful for other problems that require organizational change: building a high-performance organization, moving into new markets, or adopting a more coherent strategy. You can’t immediately change the way your organization behaves by simple fiat. But with a close look at the core elements of your organizational DNA, you can recognize the design steps that can lead to better behavior very soon.

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  • Eric Kronenberg is a partner with Booz & Company in Florham Park, N.J. He specializes in developing capabilities for program and project management, engineering and design, and manufacturing and construction in multiple industries, including aerospace and defense, energy, and transportation.
 
 
 
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Editor’s note: This article is part of a body of management theory and practice called organizational DNA. Take our new online survey to see your own organizational DNA profile — and gauge, among other things, how well equipped your company is to prevent and mitigate self-inflicted crises. Click here for the survey and more information.
 
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