One over-arching finding trumps them all: transformational leadership.
But this autonomy also brought a high degree of fragmentation to its finance, accounting and procurement functions.
In 2007, the company sought to standardize these processes globally via an initiative called OneFinance.
The objectives of this initiative were to:
To achieve these goals, Microsoft partnered with Accenture on an initial seven-year agreement spanning more than 90 countries and 450 individual roles.