Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2001

Finnigan Corporation

by Carliss Y. Baldwin and Barbara Feinberg


Finnigan Corp., headquartered in San Jose, CA, was the world's leading producer of mass spectrometers, holding a 45% market share of instruments used for chemical analysis in pharmaceutical product development, environmental testing, genetic testing, and other sophisticated applications. At the end of 1989, after a year of setbacks and financial disappointments, the board of directors of Finnigan voted to seek a buyer for the company.

Keywords: Business Exit or Shutdown; Financial Crisis; Machinery and Machining; Technology Industry; San Jose;


Baldwin, Carliss Y., and Barbara Feinberg. "Finnigan Corporation." Harvard Business School Case 902-045, August 2001.