Steve Jobs, Apple’s product demand and Asian supplier network impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (August 26, 2011) describes the potential impact of Steve Jobs resignation as CEO of Apple on the company’s possible new products and demand. Given that many of Apple’s suppliers are in Asia and include Samsung, Toshiba and LG, a drop in Apple’s product demand will immediately impact their component demand. But the same companies also participate in products competing with Apple, thus permitting them to increase demand for their own end products. Given the rapid ramp up of Apple’s products the past few years, will Apple’s new leadership result in an overall negative impact on Asian suppliers ? Will a possibly weakened Apple product development enable more competition in the tablet and smartphone market ? Will these changes increase or decrease costs for customers to get innovative products ?

Advertisements

About aviyer2010

Professor
This entry was posted in Global Contexts, Operations Management, Supply Chain Issues and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s