Textron Influence Different Decisions
1. Go to Textron’s Web site (www.textron.com) to see whether the firm still operates with five operating segments or divisions. While at the Web site, determine whether Textron Systems has the same product units mentioned in this case. If you find differences, what do you think influenced the decisions to make the changes you identified?
2. Use the Internet to find sources describing Textron’s financial performance during the most recent quarter of the most recent year. Did sales revenue and earnings increase during the time period you examined relative to the same period the prior year? What do you think influenced the financial results you found.
3. What performance-related risks does Textron face while using the unrelated diversification multiproduct strategy? In your view, is the firm effectively managing those risks? Why or why not?
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