Changing business cultures (1)

Before entering academia I worked in IT with two different employers: the first a big engineering company, and the second the software company Logica. For the first 15 years or so from Logica’s inception in 1969, their London-based staff were distributed around a number of office buildings in or near Newman Street in the West End (I think that 64 Newman Street was the company’s registered office, as it contained the senior managers’ offices and the postroom). During the 1980s most of the staff in London were consolidated in one office building near Euston called Stephenson House.

So it’s interesting to read in http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/movers_and_shakers/article5955567.ece that when Andy Green joined Logica as CEO last year, one of his first ambitions was to close Stephenson House. It turns out that he’s moved most of the staff out of central London, and the company’s headquarters is now in Reading – which is a very significant change. Nevertheless there’s still a small office in London (on one floor of the recently built King’s Place) so that they can claim to have a London address.

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