Agilent Technologies: Incorporating Risk into Corporate Strategy

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Case Code : BSTA093
Case Length : 08 Pages
Period : 1940 - 2003
Organization : Agilent Technologies
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Global, USA
Industry : Test and measurement instruments

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Background Note

Demand for electronic test equipment during World War II pushed HP's sales from $34,000 in 1940 (when HP had three employees and eight products) to nearly $1 million by 1943. HP entered the microwave field in 1943, creating signal generators for the Naval Research Laboratory. Its postwar line of microwave test products made it a market leader for signal generation equipment...

Products & Services

Agilent had three main lines of business: test & measurement equipment, semiconductor testing products and life sciences & chemical analysis...

Uncertainties Affecting Agilent

After the spin off, Agilent became the undisputed leader of the testing equipment industry. But the business of the company depended heavily on other industries such as semiconductors, hospital and communications...

The Road Ahead

By the end of 2001, Agilent had frozen hiring, cut back significantly on its use of temporary workers, and reduced all discretionary spending. The company had also initiated short-term closures of plants to reduce production levels...


Exhibit I: Agilent - Key Numbers
Exhibit II: Agilent - Stock Chart
Exhibit III: Agilent - Product Line
Exhibit IV: Agilent - Sales in 2002
Exhibit V: Agilent - Products/Customers


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