July 28th, 2012 James A. Champy
James A. Champy is one of the founders of the management theory behind "Business Process Reengineering" (BPR).
James Champy was born in Massachusetts, USA. He attended the Massachusetts Institution of Technology in 1959 and subsequently graduated with a BS in 1963 followed by a MS in Civil Engineering two years later. He then attended Boston College Law School earning his JD in 1968, passing his bar exam shortly after.
James Champy is chairman of Perot Systems Corporation's consulting practice and also head of strategy for the company. He is responsible for providing direction and guidance to the company's team of business and management consultants.
Champy is a leading authority worldwide on the management issues surrounding business reengineering, organizational change, and corporate renewal. He consults extensively with senior-level executives of multinational companies seeking to improve business performance. His approach centers on helping leaders achieve business results through four distinct, yet overlapping areas: business strategy, management and operations, organizational development and change, and information technology.
Prior to joining Perot Systems, Champy was chairman and chief executive officer of CSC Index, the management consulting arm of Computer Sciences Corporation. He was one of the original founders of Index, a $200 million consulting practice that was acquired by CSC in 1988.
Champy is co-author of Reengineering the Corporation, a best-seller which was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than a year and sold more than two million copies; it has been translated into 17 languages. His follow-up book, Reengineering Management, is also a best-seller and was recognized by Business Week as one of the best business books of 1995. His next book, co-authored with Harvard Business School professor Nitin Nohria, was "The Arc of Ambition." Mr. Champy also collaborated with Professor Nohria for the book "Fast Forward", which is a compilation of significant Harvard Business Review articles on change; it was published in March 1996. His latest book is "X-Engineering the Corporation, Reinventing Your Business in the Digital Age". In this work, he takes up the opportunity and challenge for cross-organizational process design and collaboration.
In addition to moderating programs for the PBS Business Channel and appearing as a guest on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, Mr. Champy's columns on management have appeared in ComputerWorld, Sales & Marketing Management, Fast Company, and Forbes magazines.
Champy holds bachelors and masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from Boston College Law School. He is a life member of the MIT Corporation, the school's board of trustees, and is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston College Law School. He also serves on the board of Analog Devices, Inc., a world leader in high-performance signal processing solutions.