Apple Inc.: Managing a Global Supply Chain

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rP os t W14161 APPLE INC.: MANAGING A GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN 1 Ken Mark wrote this case under the supervision of Professor P. Fraser Johnson solely to provide material for class discussion. The authors do not intend to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a managerial situation. The authors may have disguised certain names and other identifying information to protect confidentiality. op yo This publication may not be transmitted, photocopied, digitized or otherwise reproduced in any form or by any means without the permission of the copyright holder. Reproduction of this material is not covered under authorization by any reproduction rights organization. To order copies or request permission to reproduce…show more content…
Despite its commercial success, Apple’s stock was at $524.47 on February 28, 2014, 25 per cent below the $700 level it had reached in 2012. Cook reassured investors that the firm was focused on the future, and it had a solid pipeline of new products. This was his way of signalling to stakeholders that he would be able to run the firm following the death of Steve Jobs, one of Apple’s co-founders and the man responsible for rebuilding the firm. “We’re working on some things that are extensions of things you can see and some that you can't see,” Cook said at Apple’s annual shareholders' meeting on February 28, 2014. 4 Industry observers were skeptical that the company could deliver new product successes: Do It is unclear whether the spread-sheeting-loving, consensus-oriented, even-keeled Cook can successfully reshape the cult-like culture that Jobs built. Though Cook has deftly managed the iPhone and iPad product lines, which continue to deliver enormous profits, Apple has yet to launch a major new product under Cook; talk of watches and televisions remains just that . . . in the day-to-day at Apple, Cook has established a methodical, no-nonsense style, one that’s as different as could be from that of his predecessor. Job’s bi-monthly iPhone software meeting, in which he would go through every planned feature of the company’s flagship product, is gone. “That’s not Tim’s style at
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