Thursday, January 5, 2012
New Paradigm Overexposes Kodak
In the early 1990's who could have imagined that Canon Sure Shots, Blackberries, iPhones and iPads would be looming on the horizon?
Market leaders manage their dynamic product portfolios to keep pace with trends so that new paradigms aren't killers.
Kodak took its eye off the mark. Now, it will file for Chapter 11 because there remains only small well-defined niches for its best-in-class traditional products. In fact, in order to raise cash, there's talk about Kodak selling digital imaging patent rights.
Who is being held accountable for all those grandmothers whose shares of Kodak have dropped from $6 to $.75 per share ? Who was in charge when the paradigm shift began?