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8. Mortal Life Cycle of a Great Technology

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Uploaded on Mar 31, 2011

Capitalism: Success, Crisis and Reform (PLSC 270)

Professor Rae uses the case of Polaroid cameras to highlight key features of the capitalist system. Polaroid's business model, corporate culture, and firm trajectory are discussed. Important firm decisions are analyzed, including product offerings and mergers. Professor Rae explores factors that led to Polaroid's demise, including the company's relentless focus on scientific innovation at the expense of market research and product development. Polaroid was unable to keep up with market changes, such as the advent of the one-hour photo processing and the revolution in digital photography.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Video: Former CEOs of Polaroid
07:24 - Chapter 2. Case Discussion: Polaroid: Creation & Destruction Inside the Family Camera
28:43 - Chapter 3. Polaroid: Vertical Integration
32:20 - Chapter 4. Polaroid: Why did the Company Fail?
42:47 - Chapter 5. Polaroid: What Could Have Been Done to Save the Company?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Fall 2009.

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