James A. Champy

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James (Jim) Champy is a leading authority on the management issues surrounding business reengineering, organizational change, and corporate renewal. He consults 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. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard's Advanced Leadership Initiative.[1]


Champy is the former chairman of Dell Perot Systems’ (now Dell Services) consulting practice. He was responsible for providing direction and guidance to the company’s team of business and management consultants. Prior to joining Dell 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.


Release Date Title
1994 Reengineering the Corporation
1995 Reengineering Management
1996 Fast Forward
2001 The Arc of Ambition
2002 X-Engineering the Corporation, Reinventing Your Business in the Digital Age
2008 Outsmart! How To Do What Your Competitors Can’t
2009 Inspire! Why Customers Come Back
2010 Reengineering Health Care, A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery
TBA Deliver! How to Be Fast, Flawless, and Frugal

Champy is co-author of Reengineering the Corporation, a best-seller which was on the New York Times best-seller list. 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. 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 next book, X-Engineering the Corporation, Reinventing Your Business in the Digital Age, was released in 2002. In this work, Champy takes up the opportunity and challenge for cross-organizational process design and collaboration.

In 2008, Champy’s book, Outsmart! How To Do What Your Competitors Can’t, was published. Outsmart! reveals many surprising and counterintuitive lessons learned by companies who have built new business models, or altered existing ones, to achieve super-high growth rates.

The second book, Inspire! Why Customers Come Back, includes eight concise case studies that look at how businesses become successful by “inspiring” their customers to be loyal for the long-term. The examples show creative thought and explore how a company’s vision and mission can directly impact their sales success. Both Outsmart! and Inspire! are part of a series of concise business books, describing new business models, that Champy is writing for the Financial Times Press. His third book in the series will be Deliver! How to Be Fast, Flawless, and Frugal.

Champy’s latest book, Reengineering Health Care, A Manifesto for Radically Rethinking Health Care Delivery, will also be published by the Financial Times Press in June 2010.


Champy earned his B.S. in 1963 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1965 from MIT, and a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School in 1968.

Notable affiliations[edit]

Champy is a life member of the MIT Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees, and serves on the Board of Overseers of the Boston College Law School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Inc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ James, Champy. "List of Fellows". Harvard University - Advanced Leadership Initiative. 

External links[edit]

  • [1], MIT, Perspectives on Engineering, speaker biography
  • [2], Dell Perot Systems (Dell Services), biography
  • [3], Jimchampy.com, biography
  • [4], Business Week, profile
  • [5], Analog Devices, Board of Directors