This is a good article on a merger in the 1990s which goes a long way to explain the organisational failures we’re now seeing at Boeing. The standout passage:
The key corporate protection that had protected Boeing engineering culture was a wall inside the company between the civilian division and military divisions.
Have a guess what happened? Then there’s this:
In 2005, Boeing hired its first ever CEO without an aviation engineering background, bringing in James McNerney, who got his training in brand management at Proctor & Gamble, then McKinsey
Uh-huh. I urge you to read the whole thing.
Staying broadly on topic, this Twitter thread is fun too.