[rollei_list] Re: OT Kodak out of Digital?
- From: Eric Goldstein <egoldste@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:37:59 -0400
todd belcher wrote:
If you look at Kodak's website - at the top tab bar - you will see their
business niches. Kodak's move to digital has meant a diversification of
their portfolio and a leveraging of their own digital technology to
areas where they have analogue holdings. Additionally, new areas of
digital (new to Kodak) were acquired. Currently, synergies between the
niches are being investigated.
Kodak is a large enough company that is has several 'core businesses',
each run as almost separate companies with cost centers that are
responsible for generating revenue independently of each other. One
cannot think of Kodak as a photography company. They are better thought
of as a digital imaging company, and all this might entail, from cameras
to printing press software / hardware. From chemistry to monitors.
Todd, IMO you have it right but in terms of language the core business
they are moving to get firm footing with is as an imaging company
(digital and for the time being analogue) with a portfolio of diverse
well-integrated (vertical and/or horizontal) profit centers. It will be
interesting to see if they acquire holdings outside of this category.
A company with several core businesses is not likely to be a successful
company. These distinctions may not seems meaningful but history has
proven otherwise time and time again... How you define a company, and
organize and operate around that definition/vision, is critical to it's
ability to succeed...
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