Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2016 (Revised August 2016)

Alphabet Eyes New Frontiers

by Juan Alcacer, Raffaella Sadun, Olivia Hull and Kerry Herman

Abstract

In October 2015, Google restructured into Alphabet, a holding company, which analysts said would facilitate innovation among its diverse subsidiaries. But when news reports surfaced revealing struggles within Alphabet companies including Nest, the smart thermostat maker, observers began to wonder if the reorganization made sense after all.

Keywords: innovation; conglomerates; corporate restructuring; google; Corporate Strategy; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Innovation Strategy; Business and Stakeholder Relations; Research and Development; Diversification; Financial Reporting; Talent and Talent Management; Technology Industry; Computer Industry; California; United States;

Citation:

Alcacer, Juan, Raffaella Sadun, Olivia Hull, and Kerry Herman. "Alphabet Eyes New Frontiers." Harvard Business School Case 717-418, July 2016. (Revised August 2016.)