Palm (D): Epilogue as of 2008

Case Solution

Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, Kevin Boudreau, Jordan Mitchell
Harvard Business School ()

This series of cases addresses three important turning points in Palm’s history that relate to decisions about its platform: when the company considered opening its operating system (OS) to licensing to third-party hardware manufacturers; 2001 when the company decided to split into two independent companies; and in 2005 when the company migrated from its own operating system to Linux. (The last part, which takes place in 2008, is an epilogue). Looking at Palm’s decision about its platform over time, students are asked to consider how Palm’s decisions affect innovation, competitiveness, value creation, and value creation.

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