Culture Change at TNT China (A)

Lorna Doucet (First Author), Liang Dong (Participant Author)

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As a global transportation and distribution company, TNT N.V. provides mail and express delivery services to its customers in more than 200 countries, and is one of the most admired delivery and express companies throughout the world. However, TNT China had once faced severe challenges. This case series describes how Michael Drake committed to change in TNT China from his appointment as the Managing Director of TNT China International Express, and how over five years he turned TNT China around and enabled its remarkable achievements in the Chinese market. Case (A) introduces the challenges and primary task Drake faced as a new executive; Case (B) elaborates on Drake’s business philosophy, his new management team, interventions he implemented in TNT China, the way through which he managed to win support from the board and the outcomes of all these changes. This case series explores the following questions: how does a global company adapt its operations to overseas markets? How does the company implement effective culture and process changes in foreign subsidiaries?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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China Europe International Business School


  • Change/Reform/Transformation
  • Corperate Culture
  • Leadership
  • Management Team
  • TNT China

Case studies discipline

  • Organizational Behavior
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management

Case studies industry

  • Transportation and Warehousing


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