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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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Union Pacific

Maury Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the changes implemented by John C. Kenefick at Union Pacific Railroad as its new president. Learning who actually did what became Kenefick's first and most annoying task as the railroad's top honcho. He set out to dismantle the vise-like grip of the authoritarian system and the scourge of office politics. He appointed Bill Fox as Vice President of Operations. Kenefick also began hacking away at the “we've always done it this way” attitude on several fronts, but he was careful not to change things for the sake of making changes. Twice a year Kenefick conducted an end-to-end inspection of the road in a manner that soon became legendary. Other changes came slowly but surely. More women and minorities were hired, more information was shared among departments, and the workplace grew more open and relaxed.

Keywords:   office politics, John C. Kenefick, Union Pacific Railroad, Bill Fox, inspection, women, minorities

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