Traces the origin and development of 3M Corp., with special emphasis on the origins of its entrepreneurially-based ability to innovate. In particular, it highlights the role of CEO William L. McKnight to maintain a unique set of values, strategies and structures, and to develop continuous renewal. With the changing environment of the 1980s, a new generation of CEOs begin to adopt new policies and change the cultural norms that helped 3M grow. The trigger issue focuses on what othe … Read more »

Traces the origin and development of 3M Corp., with special emphasis on the origins of its entrepreneurially-based ability to innovate. In particular, it highlights the role of CEO William L. McKnight to maintain a unique set of values, strategies and structures, and to develop continuous renewal. With the changing environment of the 1980s, a new generation of CEOs begin to adopt new policies and change the cultural norms that helped 3M grow. The trigger issue focuses on what other changes are required.
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Christopher A. Bartlett,
Mohammed Afroze
Source: HBS Premier Case Collection
20 pages.
Release Date: 03 January, 1995. Prod #: 395016-PDF-ENG
3M: Profile an innovative company, HBR case solution