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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 Return of Humpty Dumpty

The Return of Humpty Dumpty

(p.95) 7 The Return of Humpty Dumpty
Union Pacific

Maury Klein

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Union Pacific Railroad's evaluation of opportunities for mergers and acquisitions as part of its new strategy under president John C. Kenefick. Ben Biaggin proposed a merger between Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroad. Kenefick notified New York of the offer and directed John Rebensdorf to study whether Southern Pacific was worth acquiring. Both the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Department of Transportation were in favor of mergers as one solution to the railroad industry's woes. For Union Pacific Corporation, the issue was whether to move aggressively to expand its position or play it safe by clinging to the status quo as long as possible.

Keywords:   mergers, Union Pacific Railroad, acquisitions, John C. Kenefick, Ben Biaggin, Southern Pacific Railroad, John Rebensdorf, Interstate Commerce Commission, Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Corporation

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