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The Twelve Months of Re-Engineering

By Anders Hove
Opinion Editor

Re-engineering has been with us now for quite some time. Since taking up quarters at MIT, the re-engineers have promised to lassoo the moon, and managed only to delivered some mail. Perhaps the MIT community needs to be a little more forthright with what it expects to get out of the re-engineering effort. Here's what I anticipate, set to the tune of a familiar Christmas carol:

On the twelfth month of re-engineering, Stephen Immerman gave to me:

Twelve task forces,

Eleven new web pages,

Ten management consultants,

Nine pilot programs,

Eight "team captains,"

Seven distributed mail centers,

Six handlebar mustaches -

Five focus groups! -

Four associate deans,

Three hokey surveys,

Two huge town meetings,

And Dean Randolph, nude in a non-denominational festive shrub.