Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1993 (Revised April 1995)

Sharp Corporation: Technology Strategy

by David J. Collis and Tomo Noda

Abstract

Teaches the evolution of the corporate strategy of Sharp Corp., Japan. Sharp Corp., a second-tier assembler of TV sets and home appliances, gradually and consistently improved performance by developing expertise in electronic device technologies such as specialized ICs and LCDs and used these technologies to develop innovative end products. As a result, the company was regarded as a world leader in opto-electronics and was becoming a premier comprehensive electronics company. Teaching Objectives: Explores how the company identified, developed, and leveraged its lay technologies. Also discusses how the company coordinated across multiple businesses, and its organizational capabilities.

Keywords: Innovation and Invention; Leadership; Performance Improvement; Corporate Strategy; Diversification; Technology Adoption; Electronics Industry; Japan;

Citation:

Collis, David J., and Tomo Noda. "Sharp Corporation: Technology Strategy." Harvard Business School Case 793-064, February 1993. (Revised April 1995.)