Appendix 4 ZTRON Technologies, Inc. Mini-Case Study

Over the past ten years, ZTRON Technologies, Inc., has grown from a company with $8 billion in revenue and 42,000 employees to a $30 billion global powerhouse with 116,000 employees operating in four technology-based business segments: Bio-Medical Systems, Electronic Systems, Environmental Systems, and Information Systems. While the company has enjoyed some organic growth, it has mainly grown via a series of fifteen key acquisitions across each of its business segments.

Until recently, ZTRON has been run with a highly decentralized operating philosophy, culture, and business model. Each business segment has operated with considerable autonomy, with little interaction or collaboration expected ...

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