February 25, 2005

What H-P should do now to get back on track

Author: Melanie Hollands

A key issue for Hewlett-Packard Co. since the mid-1990s has been lack of strategic focus. Chairman Patricia Dunn, in describing the recent leadership change, stated
Melanie Hollands

the need for better "hands-on" management and also implied the problem at HP was one of execution rather than strategy. But I disagree.

Hewlett-Packard needs to do a lot, both strategically and tactically, to move from being a mediocre company to an industry leader. The company is spread too thin -- trying to be all things to all people -- and competing in too many diverse segments without effectively leveraging potential synergies. A more cohesive, selectively focused strategy could better leverage HP's resources and deliver more robust results.

Click Here!