Treating projects like startups and keeping senior leaders in the loop at Johnson Controls
By Steven Melendez, Contributing Writer
Johnson Controls, the Wisconsin-based building and energy technology company, has been innovating since it was founded by Warren Johnson in 1885. Johnson was a college professor frustrated by his inability to control the temperature of his classroom, so he invented the first thermostat and temperature regulation system for buildings. Today, the $37 billion company has 130,000 employees, and is in the midst of a mega-merger with Tyco, the global fire and security provider.