Caterpillar Analysis

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Organizational Behaviour in Caterpillar We have chosen to focus on Caterpillar Inc, world leading machinery and engines manufacturer, and its former CEO and chairman, Jim Owens. We think Caterpillar is a strong organization and Jim Owens is a strong leader because they apply organizational behaviour (OB) theories effectively. CEO Former CEO and Chairman of Caterpillar, Jim Owens, graduated from North Carolina State University in 1973 with a PhD in economics. He joined Caterpillar in 1972 as a corporate economist. In 1975 Owens was appointed chief economist of Caterpillar Overseas S.A in Geneva Switzerland. From 1980 until 1987 he was a manager in the Accounting and Product Source Planning departments. In 1987 he was appointed managing director of Caterpillar’s joint venture in Indonesia; P.T. Natra Raya. Owens worked there for three years before he was elected to Corporate Vice President and appointed President of Solar Turbines Inc., a Caterpillar subdivision in San Diego, California. In 1993 Owens was elected Vice President and CFO of Caterpillar and then given the position of President in 1995. He remained president until 2003, where he was responsible for 13 of the company’s 25 divisions. From December 2003 until February 2004 he served as Vice Chairman before being named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caterpillar until he stepped down in June 2010. He retired from Caterpillar in October 2010 (Forbes, 2011). Purpose Caterpillar is an international global leader in designing and building machinery and engines and in providing financial and logistics services. As of December 31 2010, Caterpillar employed 104 490 people in six continents in approximately 60 countries. With 42.5 billion dollars of sales and revenues and 38.6 billion in operating costs (10 2k, 2010), Caterpillar is not only a leader in its industry but also a leader in the

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