Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2005 (Revised April 2011)

Arctic Timber AB: Engineered Woods Division (A)

by Michael L. Tushman, David Kiron and Wendy Smith


Describes the leadership challenges involved in managing strategic innovation and change in a highly mature business unit. Allows systematic exploration of organizational structures, incentives, competencies, and culture that impede innovation. Pivots on a new leader's dilemmas in shaping both his team and larger organization to initiate both incremental as well as radical innovation.

Keywords: Change Management; Innovation and Management; Innovation Strategy; Leadership; Management Teams; Organizational Change and Adaptation; Organizational Culture; Organizational Structure;


Tushman, Michael L., David Kiron, and Wendy Smith. "Arctic Timber AB: Engineered Woods Division (A)." Harvard Business School Case 405-067, May 2005. (Revised April 2011.)