Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2012 (Revised June 2012)

HP Labs in Singapore

by Willy Shih, Pankaj Agarwal and Christine Chi


When HP established a branch of its corporate research lab in Singapore, the government played a key role through its Economic Development Board (EDB). Chris Whitney, the lab's director, sought to generate revenue from the lab's innovations, making it financially independent from corporate funding. The case explores HP's history in Singapore and the role of the EDB in encouraging the growth of local R&D capabilities. The case poses questions on the sustainability of the funding model.

Keywords: Research and Development; Factories, Labs, and Plants; Development Economics; Government and Politics; Motivation and Incentives; Innovation and Invention; Revenue; Technology Industry; Singapore;


Shih, Willy, Pankaj Agarwal, and Christine Chi. "HP Labs in Singapore." Harvard Business School Case 612-080, April 2012. (Revised June 2012.)