Describes the major changes Cray Research from 1985 (the time of the original case) faced until 1990. The dramatic decision to divide the company into two separate companies set the stage for an analysis of key strategic and organizational challenges managers. On the question of how a new Chief Operating Officer for large companies experienced operations should proceed to deal with a significant slowdown in growth and the need to manage a larger organization. Particular growth opportunities … Read more »

Describes the major changes Cray Research from 1985 (the time of the original case) faced until 1990. The dramatic decision to divide the company into two separate companies set the stage for an analysis of key strategic and organizational challenges managers. On the question of how a new Chief Operating Officer for large companies experienced operations should proceed to deal with a significant slowdown in growth and the need to manage a larger organization. Particular growth opportunities in terms of software, new industrial applications, a move described by lower costs and lower performance computers and networking.
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Francis J. Aguilar
Source: Harvard Business School
24 pages.
Publication Date: Jan 17, 1990. Prod #: 390066-PDF-ENG
Cray Research, Inc.: The preparations for the 1990 HBR case solution