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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Lointain View Post
    I agree that the management is more concerned with their pockets than saving the company. They are making one monumental blunder after another.
    I saw the problems starting in the later '60s with the rise in MBAs with no product experience in management positions. As I've said many times, "Two things have led to the downfall of US Corporations: the MBA and the spreadsheet." With the computer spreadsheet, the MBAs were able to 'fiddle' with the figures and go for short term gains at the expense of long term gains.

    Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business by Bob Lutz talks about the issue in the auto business, and I certainly saw it at Kodak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    "Two things have led to the downfall of US Corporations: the MBA and the spreadsheet."
    Oh my... This absolutely demands a repeat posting...

    The sea change in the American corporate mindset over the last couple of decades has almost succeeded in destroying us all.

    Ken
    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

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    Does Kodak have a business plan that has anything to do with reality? They've been selling off and spinning off everything, and all they're left with is a huge coating machine which makes some money, and a bunch of other stuff that doesn't. There's a report that Kodak has just released a business plan, but the report didn't say what Kodak actually plans to do in the future.

    There's also mention in the news that since Kodak is having a hard time selling its patents, it might mean bad news for Nokia's and RIM's patent sales. I wonder how long Kodak will extend the bidding.

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    So what, then, is the deal with this? Now I'm really confused. What Kodak facility is located in Kingsport, Tennessee? Must not be a film-related facility, right?

    Eastman Kodak Is Hiring

    Note the Ph.D. Polymer Applications Research Scientist position at the bottom.

    Ken
    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    So what, then, is the deal with this? Now I'm really confused. What Kodak facility is located in Kingsport, Tennessee? Must not be a film-related facility, right?

    Eastman Kodak Is Hiring

    Note the Ph.D. Polymer Applications Research Scientist position at the bottom.

    Ken
    I'm sure those are actually jobs for Eastman Chemical - some of them actually say that.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick View Post
    So what, then, is the deal with this? Now I'm really confused. What Kodak facility is located in Kingsport, Tennessee? Must not be a film-related facility, right?

    The page is confusing because it mentions the Eastman Kodak Co on the left. However, all the listed jobs are with Eastman Chemicals which was split off from Eastman Kodak in 1993. Eastman Chemicals has been doing nicely.

    One of former CEOs Kay Whitmore's many mistakes.
    Last edited by Prof_Pixel; 08-15-2012 at 04:14 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Ahh, I see. Two of the nine do say that. Of course, two of those I didn't open...

    Thanks, Matt. (And Prof_Pixel.)

    Ken
    "When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."

    — Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    I'd settle for an Aston Martian.
    A sexier British version of the Curiosity Rover?
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    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Kodak's core competency from the start was Chemistry.

    Coating was ancillary to make things possible.

    PE
    Oh now, don't you remember that one CEO declared that Kodak was an imaging company? So of course stuff like Eastman Chemical was cut loose.
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I am well aware of both of those instances. Whitmore thought that chemicals came in little bottles with EK on them and were made on Ridge Road in Rochester. Our Estar (PET) and RC (PE) Pellets came from TE and our HQ came from Texas Eastman.

    These came in freight cars, so maybe he overlooked them.

    Without PET and PE we would have nothing to coat on.

    PE



 

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