Michael Martin Hammer

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Michael Martin Hammer (13 April 1948 – 3 Sept 2008) was an American engineer, management author, and a former professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), known as one of the founders of the management theory of Business process reengineering (BPR).[1]


Hammer, the child of Holocaust survivors, grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. He and his wife, Phyllis Thurm Hammer, lived in Newton, Massachusetts with their four children, Jessica, Allison, Dana, and David.[1]

An engineer by training, Hammer was the proponent of a process-oriented view of business management. He earned BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, 1970, and 1973 respectively. [1] He was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the department of Computer science and lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management. Articles written by Hammer were published in business periodicals, such as the Harvard Business Review and The Economist.[1]

TIME named him as one of America's 25 most influential individuals, in its first such list. [2] Reengineering the Corporation was ranked among the "three most important business books of the past 20 years" by Forbes magazine.

Hammer died suddenly from complications of a brain hemorrhage he suffered while on vacation,[3][4] and he is buried in the Baker Street Jewish Cemeteries in Boston.


Reengineering the Corporation[edit]

Reengineering the Corporation: A manifesto for Business Revolution, the book written by him in 1993 along with James A. Champy was instrumental in capturing the focus of business community towards BPR. 2.5 million copies of the book were sold and the book remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for more than a year.

In addition to Reengineering the Corporation, Michael Hammer wrote The Reengineering Revolution in 1995, Beyond Reengineering in 1997, and The Agenda in 2001.

In 2010, his final book, co-written with Lisa Hershman, was published by Crown Books entitled "Faster, Cheaper, Better."

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