Motorola's Spin-Off of Its Cell Phone Business

How does Motorola's decision to spinoff an unprofitable unit impact the conglomerate's overall strategy going forward?
Kathryn Rudie Harrigan  | Spring 2012
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In March 2008, Motorola, Inc. announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies by spinning off its largest division - the unprofitable mobile devices handset unit. However, Motorola was so deeply identified with its cell phone products that many people did not know much about its other lines of business. In this case, students review Motorola's financials and organizational structure in order to analyze the reasons for the spin-off and to consider how the firm prepared for this momentous shift in strategy--and whether Motorola Solutions' success was likely to continue longer term.

Case ID: 120404
Supplemental Materials: Teaching Note

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