Public Lecture at ESBRI, video available online

This Tuesday I gave a public speech at the ESBRI foundation in Stockholm on ’Kodak moments and the Collapse of Nokia’. A great event with an interesting Q&A session. ESBRI recorded the session and it is available here (in Swedish). Slides can be found here, and ESBRI also wrote a blog post summarizing the event.

Sure, digital imaging killed Kodak, but the decline started in the 1980s

The graph below illustrates the number of Kodak employees over time. It suggests that the company’s decline was not only attributable to digital imaging and lost film revenues. The problems started much earlier and are largely related to the emergence of FujiFilm as a serious competitor on the global stage. Read more about the Kodak… Fortsätt läsa Sure, digital imaging killed Kodak, but the decline started in the 1980s

Ice harvesting, digital imaging and why history matters

Those who study history and understand theory can make better predictions. The quote below comes from James M. Utterback, an MIT professor who has done pioneering work regarding the interplay between technological change and industrial dynamics. In 1994, Utterback compared photographic film with the old Ice harvesting industry in the Boston area, a vibrant business… Fortsätt läsa Ice harvesting, digital imaging and why history matters

Will driverless vehicles prevail?

Intelligent vehicles have been around for quite some time already. Researchers at Freie University in Berlin have been working on this since 2006 and recently exhibited a Volkswagen Passat driving and parking at the intended place without any driver. Google’s driverless car project has received a lot of attention and substantial investments are now being… Fortsätt läsa Will driverless vehicles prevail?

The Economist Group – what can we learn from this rare digital success story?

Over the last years you’ve heard it everywhere – printed media and newspapers are collapsing, the internet is killing their business and there’s nothing they can do about it. Well think again. We live in a world where the amount of information keeps growing at an annual rate of about 50 percent. In 2006, three… Fortsätt läsa The Economist Group – what can we learn from this rare digital success story?

Quotes from Kodak’s annual report 2000

As we move further into the information age, historical documents are increasingly available online, giving us the opportunity to marvel at how the times are changing. The statement below comes from Kodak’s annual report in 2000 (the complete quote can be found here), which is the year when Kodak’s decline was about to accelerate. “Last… Fortsätt läsa Quotes from Kodak’s annual report 2000

Nokia’s decline in figures

I collected som key statistics on the performance of Nokia during the period 2004-2012. While these figures need to be analyzed in further detail, a glimpse at them still gives a good idea of what has happened. The first graph depicts Nokia’s sold volumes, both in emerging markets (China, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and… Fortsätt läsa Nokia’s decline in figures

Polaroid enters the video surveillance industry?!

Polaroid went bankrupt in late 2001 as digital imaging destroyed its profitable revenues from instant film photography. In 1997, the stock was traded around 60 dollars, four years later it was frozen at 28 cents. Ever since, the brand has lived on in various shapes and in various settings, art being one of them. The… Fortsätt läsa Polaroid enters the video surveillance industry?!