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Reference no. TCJ-09-2018-0100
Published by: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Originally published in: "The CASE Journal", 2019
Length: 11 pages
Data source: Generalised experience

Abstract

Scott Crump, Founder of Stratasys, a company that developed and sold 3D printers, had always envisioned a future when it would be commonplace for a 3D printer to be on the desk of every engineer. HP approached him with a proposal that had the potential to make that dream come true. Crump knew that Stratasys did not need to partner with HP for a financial reason, but he loved the idea of the technology becoming a standard method for creating parts universally. The case highlights a true-life account of a firm's founder considering an important strategic alliance and analyzing the ramifications of taking on or refusing this partnership.

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Abstract

Scott Crump, Founder of Stratasys, a company that developed and sold 3D printers, had always envisioned a future when it would be commonplace for a 3D printer to be on the desk of every engineer. HP approached him with a proposal that had the potential to make that dream come true. Crump knew that Stratasys did not need to partner with HP for a financial reason, but he loved the idea of the technology becoming a standard method for creating parts universally. The case highlights a true-life account of a firm's founder considering an important strategic alliance and analyzing the ramifications of taking on or refusing this partnership.

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