This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.
Building Consensus for Change within a Major Corporation: The Case of Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO) is the world's largest producer of brandname clothing and the second largest maker of jeans in the United States, behind VF Corp., maker of Wrangler and Lee. The company was founded in 1853 in San Francisco when Levi Strauss produced his first pair of “waist high overalls” for miners in need of sturdy pants. The company is still privately owned by Strauss's descendants, the Haas family.1 LS&CO employs approximately 30,000 people. In 1996, its sales reached a record $7 billion, and in 1997 sales totaled approximately $6.9 billion. The company ...