Jim Champy

Pioneer of the reengineering movement. 


Ranked #20 in 2005.

Previous positions:

#25 (2003).


Life member of MIT Corporation, the governing body of MIT.


Member of the President’s Advisory Council for the Berklee College of Music.


A leading authority on management issues surrounding business reengineering, organizational change, and corporate renewal, Champy’s approach centres on helping leaders achieve results through four distinct, yet overlapping areas: business strategy, operations, organizational development, and information technology. In Reegineering the Corporation, Champy and co-author Michael Hammer, claim the key to reengineering is abandoning the most basic notions on which the modern organization is founded, with the aim of achieving a quantum leap in performance – the 100 percent or even tenfold improvements that can follow from entirely new work processes and structures.


From 1996 to 2011, Champy was chairman emeritus, consulting, for Dell Services. Prior to Dell, he was chairman of consulting and head of strategy for Perot Systems from 1996 to 2009 and, before joining Perot, was chairman and CEO of CSC Index, the management consulting arm of Computer Sciences Corporation. Champy was one of the original founders of Index, a consulting practice that was acquired by CSC in 1988. Champy earned his BS in 1963 and his MS in civil engineering in 1965 from MIT, and a JD degree from Boston College Law School in 1968.


Reegineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution (with Michael Hammer, Harper Collins, 1993); Reegineering Management: The Mandate for New Leadership (Harper Collins, 1995); The Arc of Ambition: Defining the Paths to Achievement (with Nitin Nohria, Basic Books, 2000); X_Engineering the Corporation: Reinventing Your Business in the Digital Age (Warner Business, 2002); Outsmart! How To Do What Your Competitors Can’t (FT Press, 2008); Inspire! Why Customers Come Back (FT Press, 2009); Deliver!  How to Be Fast, Flawless, and Frugal (FT Press, 2011); Reengineering Health Care, A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery (with Harry Greenspun, FT Press, 2010).


Media picks


“Master of reengineering organizations.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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