Hewlett-Packard Personal Office Computer Division

Hewlett-Packard Personal Office Computer Division

By
Macon Finley, J Michael Harrison
1984|Case No.DS81

Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded in 1939 by William Hewlett and David Packard, with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company developed, manufactured, and marketed precision electronic equipment. In 1983 HP had 30 plants and 200 sales offices around the world. Sales were $4.7 billion with net income of $432 million. The company’s top management was strongly committed to a divisional structure. Each division was an independent entity with its own manufacturing, marketing, and financial functions. Divisions making similar products were grouped together for reporting purposes.

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