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Becoming Hewlett Packard: Why Strategic Leadership Matters

Robert A. Burgelman, Webb McKinney, and Philip E. Meza


This book documents the differential contribution of Hewlett Packard’s successive CEOs in sustaining the company’s integral process of “corporate becoming,” an open-ended ongoing process for which there is no grand ex ante plan possible and which unfolds through a series of transformations in the course of the strategic evolution of long-lived companies. A comprehensive strategic leadership framework is used to explain the role of the CEO: (1) defining and executing the key tasks of strategic leadership; and (2) developing four key elements of the company’s strategic leadership capability. The ... More

Keywords: Hewlett Packard, corporate becoming, strategic evolution, CEO, strategic leadership, successive CEOs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190640446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190640446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Burgelman, author
Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Webb McKinney, author
Executive Vice President, Hewlett Packard, retired; Management Consultant

Philip E. Meza, author
Consultant and Researcher