HP's ProCurve in 2009: Internal Entrepreneurship Navigates Evolving Corporate Strategy

By Robert Burgelman, Webb McKinney, Philip Meza
2009 | Case No. SM180
ProCurve is Hewlett-Packard’s computer networking business. HP was a very early participant in computer networking, creating and selling networking software and hardware before most of today’s networking giants such as Cisco were founded. However, for most of its over 25-year history with HP, ProCurve has had an uneasy relationship with its parent company. At times, HP even sought to sell or break up ProCurve. However, by 2009 ProCurve, a resilient example of internal entrepreneurship at a very creative company seemed to have gained the attention of HP’s top management who may have started to view it as a strategic asset for the company.
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