Agilent Technologies: Incorporating Risk into Corporate Strategy

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Case Code : BSTA093
Case Length : 12 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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"We had a very good finish to a very tough year. Orders, revenues and earnings all came in above expectations. We met our commitment to achieve an operating breakeven cost structure of $1.45 billion and earned an attractive profit on the additional revenue we realized."

- Ned Barnholt, President and CEO, Agilent1


Agilent Technologies (Agilent) was formed in 1999 when Hewlett-Packard (HP) spun-off its measurement business. Agilent's core products had formed the original business of William Hewlett (Hewlett) and David Packard (Packard) who had started HP in 1939 as a test and measurement equipment maker. After starting off with an audio oscillator for testing sound equipment, they had moved into computer peripherals. By the time of its spin off, Agilent had become a leading manufacturer of scientific instruments and analysis equipment2.

Agilent was the leading supplier of electronic test and measurement products, including data generators, multimeters, and oscilloscopes. The company also made an array of semiconductor products, such as light-emitting diodes, optoelectronic components, and chipsets. Its life sciences and chemical analysis unit manufactured laboratory equipment and other scientific instruments...

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1] Agilent Press Release, November 2003,

2] Process and flow control devices, precise measurement and signal processing tools, and other electronic test and measurement instruments.


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