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Can Meg Whitman Save HP?

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This article was first published in Bloomberg BusinessWeeks's online site. It was published several days before the October 3rd HP financial analyst meeting. On Oct. 3, Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) current and fourth chief executive in the past seven years, will meet with Wall Street analysts. Investors, customers, and employees better hope Whitman starts channeling Lou Gerstner, the former IBM (IBM) chairman who helped rescue that troubled icon.   HP, once one of the most trusted corporate brands, is in a similar weak position as Big Blue was in the early ’90s. As happened at IBM, Whitman has announced massive layoffs...
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Can HP survive its DNA?

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This blog was originally published in Harvard Business Review I remember attending a Hewlett-Packard meeting for industry analysts in the early 1990s and hearing HP proudly declare that it was becoming a software company. Software had turned into a stronger driver of revenue in the computer industry than hardware, and HP management had realized that it had to make the shift to sustain its growth. I raised my hand and asked Lew Platt, HP's president at the time, how much of overall revenue he anticipated would come from software within five years. His answer: by the end of the decade, about...
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The following is a guest blog that I wrote for the Harvard Business Review. HP finds itself in a complicated position. While the technology giant's second-quarter revenue increased by 3%, its relatively new CEO, Leo Apotheker, was forced to lower the forecast for revenue for the fiscal year. He blamed the Japan earthquake, the anemic PC market, and a troubled services organization. Wall Street did not take kindly to the news. While HP was once the technology leader that could do no wrong, market watchers are now concerned that the company does not have a clear strategy to overcome its problems....
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