Steve Jobs vs Tim Cook

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Steve Jobs versus Tim Cook: Has the Apple© fallen from the tree?

By
Mycah Gordon
Ms. Rivers
AP World History
December 9, 2013
Mycah Gordon
AP World History
Ms. Rivers
December 9, 2013

Steve Jobs versus Tim Cook: Has the Apple© fallen from the tree?
Thesis: Apple has achieved more success under the leadership of Steve Jobs than under the leadership of current chief executive officer (CEO) Tim Cook due to differences of management style, research and development and Apple’s profitability as a result of these differences in management.
I. Apple has had great success under the leadership of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook.
a. Steve Jobs was CEO twice, 1976 - 1989 and later from 1997 - 2011
b. Tim Cook was COO
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By doing this, Apple could predict demand and delivering products on time, which is crucial in the technology industry where new products could cannibalize existing offerings. (O’Brien) In 2004 for several months served as CEO of Apple, while Jobs battled with health issues, and in 2007 Jobs promoted Cook to COO and in 2011, Jobs pushed for Cook to become his successor. (O’Brien)
Steve Jobs acted as an innovative micro-manager, which lead Apple to create a new market for different devices. His devotion, drive, technological skills, attention to detail, and the hiring of capable people to work with helped him invented the iPod, a user friendly mp3 device, and iTunes, a web service to buy music, which brought Apple large profits and continues to do so today. The iPod changed the way we consume music and reshaped the music industry and iTunes helped consumers download, and organize digital audio and video on personal computers. (Rose)
In 2007, Jobs invented the iPhone, a user friendly smart phone, which launched the smart phone market as we know it today. Until the emergences of other companies in the smart phone industry Apple monopolized the smart phone market. Although, other competitors are producing smart phones, Apple still continues to be successful when it comes to sales. For instance, Apple’s new iPhone 5S models sold more than 9 million units in their first weekend, and the company has earned praise for

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