The HP Phenomenon, The Book . . .

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. . . Just Released !


Having had the honour of receiving a copy of the manuscript from Chuck House in person, back in May 2008, I was sure that this book was going to constitute a "Phenomenon" in itself. The publication of the final version in the Stanford University Press, at the beginning of November, is a confirmation of this fact.

The authors, Charles House and Raymond L. Price, have written a shortened version of the novel of Science in the XXth century. The creation and success of two other men, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, have allowed Civilization to develop at the end of the last century and illustrate the major role played by their firm and by the USA. Without their firm and men like Chuck House, there would be no mobile phones, no flat screen TVs, no computer technology, as we know it. The Hewlett Packard electronic measuring instruments, the basic products of the firm and leader worldwide, have allowed this progress.

On a more personal level, this book is an un-hoped for gift towards the evolution of my own work of memory. The Museum “HP Memory Project” now disposes of a reference encyclopedia compiled by the elite members of this success story.




A Book by Chuck House and Ray Price


"The HP Phenomenon"


Innovation and Business Transformation

By Charles H. House & Raymond L. Price


The HP Phenomenon tells the story of how Hewlett-Packard innovated and transformed itself six times while most of its competitors were unable to make even one significant transformation. It describes those transformations, how they started, how they prevailed, and how the challenges along the way were overcome—reinforcing David Packard's observation that "change and conflict are the only real constants." The book also details the philosophies, practices, and organizational principles that enabled this unprecedented sequence of innovations and transformations. In so doing, the authors capture the elusive "spirit of innovation" required to fuel growth and transformation in all companies: innovation that is customer-centered, contribution-driven, and growth-focused.

The corporate ethos described in this book—with its emphasis on bottom-up innovation and sufficient flexibility to see results brought to the marketplace and brought alive inside the company—is radically different from current management "best practice." Thus, while primarily a history of Hewlett-Packard, The HP Phenomenon also holds profound lessons for engineers, managers, and organizational leaders hoping to transform their own organizations.

Charles (Chuck) House is Executive Director for Media X, and Senior Research Scholar in the Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute at Stanford University. Previously, he led the Research Collaboratory and served as director of Societal Impact of Technology for Intel Corporation, after executive management positions at Dialogic, Spectron Microsystems, Veritas, Informix, and Hewlett-Packard.

Raymond L. Price is the Professor and Severens Chair for Human Behavior in Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has had a long career in industry working in Management and Organization Development and Human Resources. He has also held various management positions with Hewlett-Packard, including Manager of Engineering Education.



An Evening with Author Chuck House
at the Computer History Museum
December 7, 2009

Big Events,



A lot of events arrived around the circumstance of the book being published.

Various speech and interview are listed on the Chuck's blog. See chapter below.

One of these big events was the speech and interview at the Computer History Museum which was video recorded on December 7, 2009.


If you have trouble seeing the embedded video player below, try this link:







HP Phenomenon - The Blog


Seeking to dialogue with his readers, Chuck opened up a blog before the printing of his book. This blog is now a diary of the events connected to publication. It is also an open tool of communication, at the disposition of all the readers wishing to express their points of view or relate their own experience concerning the history of the company.



HP Phenomenon Blog by Chuck House
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