Dr. Charles M.
Dr. Charles Savage works with companies to help them discover the riches of knowledge era enterprising. He consults and speaks widely in the United States, Asia and Europe. His book, Fifth Generation Management, Co-creating through Virtual Enterprising, Dynamic Teaming and Knowledge Networking, is widely acclaimed. Tom Peters named it his Business Book of 1991. It has been published in India, Japan and Korea and a German and Brazilian translations are in the works. It is now in its second edition.
Dr. Savage works directly with company presidents, division managers and other senior executives committed to improving their business strategy, organizational agility, market responsiveness, and customer focus. He has pioneered the discussion of Fifth Generation Management as a way to tap and team the creative capabilities of professionals within and between companies. In particular, he has been focusing on the shift from the steep hierarchies of the Industrial Era to flatter network organizations based on dynamic teaming and virtual enterprising in the Knowledge Era. His clients include ABB, CIBC, Digital, Dow, Electrolux, Hyatt, ITT, Martin Marietta, and the National Security Industrial Association.
Prior to forming his own company, he was responsible for Digital Equipment Corporation's world wide Organizational Effectiveness Practice. He has worked as a Vice President of Gray Judson, Inc., a management consulting firm in Boston; a Principle in the D. Appleton Co., Manhattan Beach, CA, where he pioneered the human side of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM); and as Director of the Boston Office of the Scandinavian Institutes of Administrative Research (SIAR).
Dr. Savage has been active in the Computer and Automated Systems Association of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (CASA/SME) where he served many years on their Board of Advisors and headed their Technical Forum.
He has a wide range of publications on CIM and other management topics. He serves on the Editorial Board of SME's Manufacturing Review. He speaks to a wide range of audiences in manufacturing, engineering, government, human resources, accounting, information systems, and sales training about ways they can help revitalize their organizations and better use their knowledge assets.
Dr. Savage has a BA from Pomona College, Claremont, CA, an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, MA, and a Ph.D. from Boston College. His doctoral thesis, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Manpower Administration, focused on the changing nature of management and work. He was born and raised in Hawaii.