Current Threats to the PC Industry

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Lecture Description

Dell describes the PC industry today as a jump ball environment where no company can stay in a strong position for long. The development of wireless networks, miniaturization, and the influence of the internet has changed the competitive landscape of the industry, he says. One of the biggest threats is the changing computing model. To combat this threat, Dell, Inc. is focused on online servers and storage, new online devices, and anticipating shifts in business.


  1. The Origins of Dell, Inc.
  2. The Culture and Dynamics of Dell, Inc. During the Early Years
  3. Take Caution in Forming Close Friendships in a Company
  4. Setting up the Initial Board of Directors for Dell, Inc.
  5. Enhancing the Effectiveness of a Board of Directors
  6. Overcoming Some of the Early Mistakes of Dell, Inc.
  7. The Reasons Behind Dell, Inc. Going Public
  8. Critical Changes to the Business Model of Dell, Inc.
  9. Self-Disruption at Dell, Inc.
  10. Starting a New Company in an Inefficient Industry
  11. Implementing Processes in a Fast-Growing Company
  12. Creating an Effective Communication Infrastructure
  13. The Flawed Model of the Early Computer Industry
  14. Revolutionizing the PC and IT Industry
  15. Innovation at Dell, Inc.
  16. Finding a Common Language for Improvement inside a Company
  17. Current Threats to the PC Industry

Lecture Details

Source:  Stanford eCorner
Filmed: Spring 2007




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