Case | HBS Case Collection | November 1998 (Revised December 1998)

Asea Brown Boveri (Condensed)

by Robert L. Simons


The merger of Asea AB and BBC Brown Boveri required a restructuring of operations and a change in organizational cultures. Competitive success also necessitated the benefits of scale while remaining "local" for political and customer-responsiveness reasons. The case describes these competitive pressures, which resulted in the decision to adopt a matrix organization. To be used with Asea Brown Boveri: The ABACUS System.

Keywords: Change Management; Mergers and Acquisitions; Restructuring; Cost vs Benefits; Competitive Strategy; Organizational Change and Adaptation; Growth and Development; Performance Effectiveness; Consumer Products Industry;


Simons, Robert L. "Asea Brown Boveri (Condensed)." Harvard Business School Case 199-027, November 1998. (Revised December 1998.)