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Union PacificThe Reconfiguration: America's Greatest Railroad from 1969 to the Present$
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Maury Klein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369892

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195369892.001.0001

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The Year of Decisions

The Year of Decisions

(p.110) 8 The Year of Decisions
Union Pacific

Maury Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes 1979 as the year of decisions for Union Pacific Railroad. In July 1979 Andras R. Petery of Morgan Stanley conducted an in-depth analysis of Union Pacific and liked what he saw. He thought its diversity of businesses provided a unique ability to withstand a recession, and its decentralized operating responsibility, coupled with centralized financial controls and planning, made it “one of the few transportation-based concerns with a truly integrated approach to management.” Petery also praised the forward-looking leadership of company president John C. Kenefick that had made the road “an industry leader in strategic planning, marketing, and development of modern information systems.” As 1979 opened, planning continued to hold center stage at Union Pacific headquarters. The management also continued evaluating opportunities for mergers.

Keywords:   mergers, Union Pacific Railroad, Andras R. Petery, planning, management, John C. Kenefick, information systems

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