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(Revised from original 2001 version)
Herman Miller (A): Innovation by Design
Gary Van Spronsen, president of Miller SQA, has been asked to leave the thriving subsidiary he helped to reinvent to join Herman Miller's corporate initiative on innovation. Miller SQA has pioneered processes new to the Herman Miller organization, such as computer-assisted sales and value chain integration. This case details the innovations that have led to a completely new business model for a previously underserved market and highlights the integration of target customer, product design, manufacturing, and supply chain management. Includes color exhibits.
Keywords: Innovation and Invention;
Supply Chain Management;
Values and Beliefs;
Consumer Products Industry;