Case | HBS Case Collection | October 1988 (Revised December 1994)

Maytag in 1984

by David J. Collis and Nancy Donohue

Abstract

Highlights Maytag's unique position in the industry in 1984. Maytag, a much smaller player than its competitors has prior to 1984 been successful in producing high quality merchandise and charging a premium for it. By 1984 Maytag is also attempting expansion. Traditionally a producer of laundry equipment, Maytag has made two key acquisitions--expanding its product line to include kitchen appliances. Reviews this situation an also discusses its two closest competitors, GE and Whirlpool. Provides a follow-up to Major Home Appliance Industry in 1984 (Revised) and its Supplement, Major Home Appliance Industry in 1988.

Keywords: Acquisition; Business or Company Management; Production; Quality; Rank and Position; Competition; Expansion; Electronics Industry;

Citation:

Collis, David J., and Nancy Donohue. "Maytag in 1984." Harvard Business School Case 389-055, October 1988. (Revised December 1994.)