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Cargill: From Commodities To Customers.

Broehl, Jr., Wayne G.

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ISBN 10: 1584656948 / ISBN 13: 9781584656944
Published by Dartmouth College Press, Hanover, 2008
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368 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. AGRICULTURE. The third and final volume of the highly acclaimed history of Cargill. This final volume of Wayne G. Broehl, Jr.'s Cargill trilogy brings the history of this large privately held company up to the present day, offering a unique and informative behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's premier agribusiness corporations. The story picks up in 1977 as Whitney MacMillan begins his stewardship of the company and as Cargill begins to work its way through issues of corporate governance, business restructuring, and generational transitions within the owning families. MacMillan leads the company through great growth, diversification, and globalization. Broehl also discusses the changes at Cargill under two non-family CEOs, Ernest Micek and Warren Staley. Together, they transform the organization from a commodity-oriented entity to a customer-focused one. "I had much to do with agriculture during my twelve years as a U.S. Senator. No company executivesÑagricultural or otherwiseÑcame through the doors of my Senate office with the consistent competency of those from Cargill. Interestingly, most I met spent their entire career at the Company. Through knowing them and their chairman, Whitney MacMillan, I became an enormous admirer of their company. Referring to Whitney MacMillan's Chairmanship, the author says "the mosaic of his accomplishments are staggering." This fascinating third volume tells of that mosaic, the building of a global company the vision of which went beyond profits to improving the diets and lives of billions."ÑThe Hon. Rudy Boschwitz, former U.S. Senator (R-MN) and former Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights "The book makes the amazing recent transformation of this agrifood leader into much more than a revealing history; it stands as an instructive guide to how a business built on commodity trading becomes the global powerhouse along the entire food processing and distribution chain. Cargill's amazing transformation, described so well by Professor Broehl, emerges as the product of family and outside executives who insisted that the company's culture and strategies must change in response to global shifts."ÑMorton Sosland, editor-in-chief, Milling and Baking News WAYNE G. BROEHL, JR. (1922-2006) was the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration Emeritus, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College. He wrote a number of books on business history, management theory, and economic development, including two previous books on the history of Cargill, and the award-winning Mollie Maguires, and John Deere's Company. (Key Words: Cargill, Commodities, Wayne G.Broehl Jr., Agibusiness, Whitney MacMillan, Ernest Micek,Warren Staley, Privately Held Companies, Agriculture, Business). Bookseller Inventory # 59662X3

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Title: Cargill: From Commodities To Customers.

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press, Hanover

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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This final volume of Wayne G. Broehl, Jr.’s Cargill trilogy brings the history of this large privately held company up to the present day, offering a unique and informative behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s premier agribusiness corporations. The story picks up in 1977 as Whitney MacMillan begins his stewardship of the company and as Cargill begins to work its way through issues of corporate governance, business restructuring, and generational transitions within the owning families. MacMillan leads the company through great growth, diversification, and globalization. Broehl also discusses the changes at Cargill under two non-family CEOs, Ernest Micek and Warren Staley. Together, they transform the organization from a commodity-oriented entity to a customer-focused one.

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This second volume of the "biography" of America's largest privately held company picks up where Wayne Broehl's highly acclaimed Cargill: Trading the World's Grain left off. The year is 1960; Cargill has evolved from a pioneering grain trading firm to a giant whose enterprises include milling, seed production, livestock feeds, insurance, specialty steel products, metals trading, and even the construction of its own Mississippi River barges. At this crucial point in the company's life, the first non-family CEO and only the fourth in the firm's history, Erwin Kelm, is tapped for the company's top post. For the next seventeen years, the "Kelm era" is characterized by continued growth and diversification in the face of changing times and an unpredictable national and international scene. This is a story of the Kelm years, but it is also a narrative history of an American tradition - growth, adaptation, and success despite the stresses of internal, national, and world events.

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