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September 14, 1993|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

IBM Restructuring Continues: Chairman Louis V. Gerstner Jr. is shuffling the duties of top executives and discarding a top-level management committee that would sometimes reach into divisions to settle problems. The moves, outlined in a memo to employees, are designed to encourage faster decision making and end the IBM habit of bucking minor disputes up the corporate ladder. For the time being, the changes end the prospect that Gerstner will proceed with the decentralization that his predecessor, John Akers, began and that some analysts believed could ultimately lead to IBM's breakup into smaller companies.

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