Case | HBS Case Collection | August 1990 (Revised February 1991)

Whirlpool Corp.

by Michael Y. Yoshino and Sarah D. Hall


Examines the company's global strategy and potential acquisition of Philips' major domestic appliance operations in Europe in light of increasing trends toward globilization in the major appliance industry. Allows discussions weighing the advantages and risks of entering a major market through a joint venture with an established competitor.

Keywords: Acquisition; Joint Ventures; Global Strategy; Market Entry and Exit; Risk and Uncertainty; Opportunities; Competitive Strategy; Consumer Products Industry; Europe;


Yoshino, Michael Y., and Sarah D. Hall. "Whirlpool Corp." Harvard Business School Case 391-037, August 1990. (Revised February 1991.)