Crosley Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In the October 1941, a pioneer secret envoy from the U.S. military was sent to Crosley Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio to apply for their support to build a weapon that would dramatically strengthen the defenses of U.S. troops: the proximity fuze. Such a fuze would enable enemy aircraft to be shot down with a speed of correctness well above that of previous weapons.

The task would be a demanding one, as conventional wisdom held that it took around four years for a weapon to progress from concept to production, whereas the proximity fuze was required on a shorter time frame. Also, the production procedure would not be simple, demanding hundreds of components made by dozens of producers, all of which Crosley would have to assemble to make the finished merchandise. Would Crosley take the assignment?

PUBLICATION DATE: June 22, 2009 PRODUCT #: 809160-PDF-ENG

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