Corporate Crisis: NCR and the Computer Revolution

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On Friday, the 13th of September 1991, the share- holders of NCR Corporation voted to merge their 107-year-old company with 106-year-old American Telephone & Telegraph, the world' s foremost communications company. The merger, one of the largest in business history, ended AT&T's nine-month, sometimes acrimonious pursuit of a company which, like AT&T itself, had compiled a proud history of technical innovation and customer service. AT&T viewed combining the two companies' assets and talents as a means of creating an opportunity, at a time when communications and computer networks are becoming integrated, to build "a great American competitor in the global information marketplace." To obtain this opportunity it was willing to exchange $7.4 billion worth of its stock for all of NCR's shares outstanding. The desirability of the NCR of 1991 contrasts sharply with its image in 1972. Then it was widely viewed as terminally ill, and destined to become another victim of the computer revolution. Corporate Crisis is the story of how and why that near-fatal illness came about. It is also the personal story of an unusual man from an equally unusual background who was summoned at the 11th hour to save the company from extinction. Those who have participated in or been affected by the reshaping of a large company will find this book a fascinating and enlightening ac- count of how such a transformation can be accomplished successfully, even against great odds. For the general reader, it reaffirms the principle that determination and persistence can overcome even the most difficult obstacles to individual achievement. Since his retirement from NCR, W. S. Anderson has served as a director or advisor to several U. S. and Japanese companies including RJR Nabisco, Consolidated Natural Gas Company, Philips Indus- tries, Conner Peripherals, Concord Partners, Ernie Green Industries

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