Herman Miller Company Case Study

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Herman Miller 1 herman miller case study 1.0 Internal Analysis 1.1 Timeline The Herman Miller Company operated as the Star Furniture Company in Michigan in 1905. It was named the Michigan Start Furniture Company in 1909. In 1919, Dirk Jan Du Pree became its president. In 1923, his father-in-law Herman Miller bought the majority shares in the company and it was renamed to the Herman Miller Furniture Company. Since then, under the leadership of Du Pree, the company has continuously adopted innovative management practices and design philosophies making it one of the most respected companies in the industry. In 1930, the company found a design philosophy based on simplicity and functionality through the designer Gilbert Rhode. In 1942, the first office furniture was produced. Since then the company continued to bring out successful design innovations through its creative design team. In 1950, a management breakthrough in the form of the Scanlon Plan was implemented, which set the foundation for the company's inclusive corporate culture and employer-employee relationships. In the 1950s, the company began exporting its products to Europe and a network of international dealerships had been established in the 1960s. New designs were continuously introduced during the two decades. The Eames chair was introduced in the 1950s and the Action Office System in the 1960s. In 1976, it launched the Ergon chair, the Equa chair in 1984, and the Aeron chair in 1994. Later on, designs were

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