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Francolor pigments: a Tokyo ink acquisition

Author: De Meyer, Arnoud ; Probert, JocelynINSEAD Area: Technology and Operations ManagementPublisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1998. ; INSEAD Euro-Asia Centre (EAC) 1998.Language: EnglishDescription: 21 p.Type of document: INSEAD CaseNote: Latest version available via https://publishing.insead.eduAbstract: In 1992 Francolor pigments discovers it is no longer part of ICI's score strategy. Under its dynamic general manager, the production unit prepares to become a stand-alone company within Tokyo ink, a Japanese group that encourages entrepreneurial growth. Francolor demonstrates its competence to its new owners by successfully implementing a high technology projectPedagogical Objectives: The case demonstrates how a change in management style can affect a company's future. The acquisition of this European unit by a Japanese group does not follow the stereotype. A "hands off" approach can stimulate managers and workers to significant achievements through incremental improvements and "step-up" projects.
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The case demonstrates how a change in management style can affect a company's future. The acquisition of this European unit by a Japanese group does not follow the stereotype. A "hands off" approach can stimulate managers and workers to significant achievements through incremental improvements and "step-up" projects.

In 1992 Francolor pigments discovers it is no longer part of ICI's score strategy. Under its dynamic general manager, the production unit prepares to become a stand-alone company within Tokyo ink, a Japanese group that encourages entrepreneurial growth. Francolor demonstrates its competence to its new owners by successfully implementing a high technology project

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