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Fall of an Icon: Polaroid after Edwin H. Land: An Insider's View of the Once Great Company [Kindle Edition]

Milton P. Dentch , Carol Chubb
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Book Description

Fall of an Icon: Polaroid after Edwin H. Land provides a unique insider's view of the once great company. It chronicles Land's philosophies, his successes, and the situations after his era ended.

Fall of an Icon provides a rare and unique insight into the cultural strengths and weaknesses contributing to both the growth and demise of Polaroid as a once great company. This book is applicable to many succcessful comtemporary companies, where historical strengths are becoming current weaknesses.
~Carl J. Yankowski, CEO and Founder, Westerham Group

Milt has done a wonderful job in Fall of an Icon of capturing the full range of challenges that Dr. and, and the leadership that fllowed, faced and where they were successful and where they missed opportunities to preserve the company's future...Milt has done a superb job of getting behind the "images" and outlined the real dynamics and challenges that took a company from the basement lab in the South End of Boston to a multi-billion dollar industry.
~Paul Hegarty, former Polaroid employee


Product Details

  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhaven Books; Second Edition edition (October 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QJBH1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, tells it like it was October 31, 2012
By Bill
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I am a Polaroid retiree, 33 wonderful years there, while this book is mostly about the film and battery divisions ( I worked in the Camera division ) I remember most of these stories, and wondered about some of them, why did we never open the Andover plant, what happened to the Ireland plant, what was the background to most of the major decisions after Dr. Land left. Joshua ! Why did that happen ? If you were not an employee, you may not understand a lot of it. But if you were an employee, get comfortable, you are in for a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fall of an Icon: Polaroid January 5, 2014
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If you, like me, occasionally ask the question "what happened to that great company?" -- whether it's Polaroid or Kodak or whatever, you'll find this book interesting. And it was interesting to see how Polaroid fell from grace, and profit, after the Dr. Land years (his death and, more importantly. his ouster from Polaroid's board).... mismanagement, disbelief that digital photography was going to replace instant pictures, and the like. Not a stellar account of Polaroid, but eye-opening and curiosity-satisfying nonetheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Am Important Viewpoint August 11, 2013
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Too often the demise of a company is analyzed by outsiders, but in this case, it's from someone that was in Polaroid, and had access to others that worked there, too. Dentch's book should be required reading for those that wonder what's wrong with American business practices. Obviously, Polaroid could have been a viable company, albeit a smaller on in the digital age. Dentch points out Polaroid's cultural problems and achievements, and how the company was basically raped by people that had absolutely no clue about running an imaging company, leading to bankruptcy and golden parachutes for the villains and pink slips for the employees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great company in so many ways November 7, 2014
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As a former Polaroid employee, I found the book a "great read". A great company in so many ways, yet flaws that were ultimately fatal. Reading about so many individuals I worked with, knew or knew of was enjoyable and made the book come alive for me. The Polaroid rise & fall provides great lessons for the current leadership of any company. It points out the importance of having an independent & diverse Board of Directors, bringing in outside talent for perspective and providing an environment for others to share their perspective.
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