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MARCH 2009: THE 2009 100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN OREGON
INTO THE FOLD
BY ABRAHAM HYATT
It was 2002 and for a handful of business management and IT consultants in Portland, it was the worst possible nightmare. The company they worked for, Arthur Andersen, one of the storied “Big Five” accounting firms, was imploding. Day after day brought humiliating headlines and a growing realization that the stability they’d assumed came with working at an industry leader had vaporized.
Their savior came in the form of Hitachi Consulting, an offshoot of the multi-billion dollar Japanese tech giant. Hitachi does strategy, best practices and business intelligence consulting for IT companies, as well as sales, marketing and supply chain transformation consulting for all types of businesses. The firm approached Andersen’s West Coast employees with open arms, bringing them and their clients into what was then a relatively small company. Less than six years later, the Portland branch of Hitachi finds itself in the most enviable of positions: the No. 1 Large Company on the 100 Best list.
On a sunny Friday morning recently, a few of the firm’s younger consultants were meeting with Kiddazzle, a local nonprofit that Hitachi does pro bono work for. Kiddazzle helps uninsured kids find volunteer dentists. The consultants walked the nonprofit’s staff through the basic components of what will eventually be a marketing plan. Damian Smith, a VP at Hitachi and head of the Portland office, sat quietly on one side of the conference table, occasionally adding an observation to the conversation.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
BY MONICA ENAND | GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Nine tips for building habits among employees to respond when needed.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Oregon is known for its green-minded citizens, and many workers are attracted to firms and organizations that practice green, not just pay lip service to it.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
With the increasing retirements of Baby Boomers, a massive real estate shift has created a significant increase in demand for NNN properties. The result? Increased demand has triggered higher prices and lower yields.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment.
Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.
Friday, June 06, 2014
BY KATIE AUSBURGER | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
How to build a hipster-friendly work environment.
Friday, June 13, 2014
BY CLIFF HOCKLEY | OB GUEST BLOGGER
This article summarizes the key considerations a building owner must keep in mind when thinking about leasing to a medical marijuana dispensary.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY
How the president of BlueVolt spends his free time.
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