Owens Corning's Enterprise System Struggle
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July 27, 2014
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To increase its range of products Owens Corning decided to acquire other companies. To become a global force, management realized the company would need to become a global enterprise that could coordinate the activities of all of its units in many different countries.
Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning had been divided along product lines, such as fiberglass insulation, exterior siding, roofing materials...
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Each unit operated as a distinct entity with its own set of information systems. (The company had more than 200 archaic, inflexible, and isolated systems.) Each plant had its own product lines, pricing schedules, and trucking carriers. Owens Corning customers had to place
separate telephone calls for each product ordered---one each for siding, roofing, and insulation...
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