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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 Whirlwind

The Whirlwind

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Union Pacific

Maury Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the challenges faced by Mike Walsh as the chairman of Union Pacific Railroad, along with his management style. Nobody at the railroad knew what to expect from Walsh. He blew into Omaha like a whirlwind, swept through the company with irresistible force, left a deep imprint, and then moved on as abruptly as he arrived. Opinions varied widely on whether it was a cleansing or an ill wind, but no one doubted that it profoundly rearranged the Union Pacific landscape. Everything about Walsh smacked of ambition, hard work, and success. When he took office on October 15, 1986, he promptly transferred supervision of two departments from Robert G. Flannery to Jerry Davis. He also changed the reporting lines of Davis, Guerdon Sines, and Tom Watts of labor relations and personnel from Flannery to himself. Davis and Dick Davidson were given free rein to run operations so long as they didn't screw up.

Keywords:   management, Mike Walsh, Union Pacific Railroad, Robert G. Flannery, Jerry Davis, Guerdon Sines, Tom Watts, Dick Davidson

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