The curse of agility: The Nokia Corporation and the loss of market dominance in mobile phones, 2003–2013

Juha-Antti Lamberg, Sandra Lubinaitė, Jari Ojala, Henrikki Tikkanen

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Abstract

We investigate how and why the Nokia Corporation failed to develop a successful strategic response to the threats of Apple and Google in the smartphone business and instead worsened its situation through several badly timed decisions. We identify key choices in technology and organisational design that jointly constituted sufficient cause for the abandonment of the mobile phone business. By focusing on choices instead of attributes (e.g. fear or hubris), we make progress in strategic failure research and simultaneously emphasise the strength of oral history methods and the philosophy of history as fruitful starting points for such an inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages47
JournalBUSINESS HISTORY
Volume63
Issue number4
Early online date6 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • strategy
  • technology management
  • decision-making
  • business history
  • oral history
  • Nokia

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