Case | HBS Case Collection | January 1991 (Revised April 1995)

Cooper Industries' Corporate Strategy (A)

by David J. Collis


Describes the development of a successful corporate strategy based on the acquisition and subsequent consolidation of low-technology manufacturing companies. Starting with a company history and discussion of current business segments, the case goes on to detail the innovation of corporate headquarters in strategy formulation and operations. Highlights the synergistic possibilities in alike acquisitions and addresses the issue of long-term value creation in acquisition-oriented firms. Emphasis is placed on the systems and procedures installed to implement the corporate strategy.

Keywords: Value Creation; Corporate Strategy; Acquisition; Manufacturing Industry;


Collis, David J. "Cooper Industries' Corporate Strategy (A)." Harvard Business School Case 391-095, January 1991. (Revised April 1995.)