A row of 18 thick binders rests on a long credenza in the president's office at CoreStates Financial Corp.

The neatly arranged volumes contain what is essentially a blueprint for a massive restructuring project begun last August. Over seven months, the Philadelphia-based bank collected and evaluated more than 6,000 ideas to cut costs and improve operations.

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