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DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC by Paul Kampas, Edgar Schein

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threeKen Olsen, the Scientist-Engineer

My ambition is to be remembered as someonewho challenged them, who influenced them tobe creative and enjoy work and have fun fora long time.Ken Olsen,MIT graduation address, 1987referring to DEC employees

To fully understand Ken Olsen’s powerful impact on the evolution and management of DEC, it is essential to understand the 1950s technological, cultural, and sociopolitical context within which he operated. In this chapter we will also look at different facets of his personality, character, and talents. Ken Olsen is a complex man of many facets, and it is this complexity and his own evolution as a person that determined DEC’s fate to a considerable degree.

Ken Olsen was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in ...

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