The New GE Way: Go Deep, Not Wide – WSJ.com

Expertise, not generalists.  What’s next–foreign service officers who are left in country to ‘go native’?

General Electric Co. is opening a new chapter in management philosophy. The conglomerate that once groomed jack-of-all-trades generalists is now betting on deep industry experts instead.

The shift is a change in philosophy at a corporation that for decades had made a rigorously applied but generic management tool kit central to its identity. Like all companies, GE wants some of both traits in its leaders, but the balance has tipped toward expertise.

via The New GE Way: Go Deep, Not Wide – WSJ.com.

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