Alfred DuPont Chandler
“Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results.”
Alfred D. Chandler
Alfred DuPont Chandler was born on September 15, 1918 in Guyencourt, USA. Hi died on 9 May 2007 in Massachusetts, USA. In 1940, he graduated from Harvard College, where he later obtained a doctorate in history.
He has taught economic history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at John Hopkins University and then worked at the Harvard Business School.
His research focused on the following companies:
- E. I. du Pont de Nemours
- Standard Oil
- General Motors
- Sears Roebuck
He came up with a surprising finding that the organizational structure of the effective and successful businesses is proposed in connection with and on the basis of their strategy (in other words: structure follows strategy).
He described his findings in 1962, the book appropriately entitled “Strategy and Structure: Chapters in the History of the Industrial Enterprise”.