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Danaher

SMR HR Group June 29, 2020

Between 1985 and 2007, Danaher has been one of the best-performing industrial conglomerates in the U.S. This case examines the corporate strategy of this diversified, global corporation. It describes the firm’s portfolio strategy and the Danaher Business System (DBS)-a systematic and wide-ranging set of organizational processes the firm has developed to improve execution, drive growth and create value. This case allows us to understand the role of execution and the opportunities and challenges associated with implementing DBS.

  1. What accounts for the success of Danaher?
  2. How far can the DBS travel? Is there a limit to the range of businesses in which Danaher can
    create value?
  3. What are the biggest challenges facing Danaher in 2010? What can Larry Culp do to prepare the
    organization for these challenges?
  4. Can firms themselves and/or private equity replicate the success of Danaher? What, in your
    experience, prevents any company putting in place a similar set of processes to drive
    operational performance?