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How would you characterize Alphabet's current level of diversification, and how did the organization achieve this? Do you think the firm is over diversified?


In the years leading up to 2015, which internal governance mechanism most heavily influenced Google's top-level managers to restructure the company and build a new parent holding company, Alphabet?

 

 

Briefly explain what type of structure the new Alphabet, Inc. is using, and describe four of the six specific outcomes top-level managers and analysts expected from this restructuring


How has the relationship between structure and corporate-level strategy at Google changed over time? How have these transitions affected the organization, and how do you think Alphabet will respond to the new structure in the future?


How would you characterize the level of corporate entrepreneurship within Alphabet? Name several examples of how the firm exhibits an entrepreneurial mind-set and creates value for customers.

 

 

Google, now Alphabet, is known for sponsoring quite a few "moonshot" projects, which are bold, risky, and typically expensive explorations into innovations that will hopefully generate value-adding products and services but that may or may not pay out in the long run. Should investors support this type of project? Why or why not?

 

 

Additional Resources

Reuters's company profile gives in-depth background on Alphabet's current financials, leadership, valuation, news, and more:

https://www.reuters.com/finance/stocks/company-profile/GOOG.O


Yahoo! Finance's company profile offers additional background on Alphabet's current financials, leadership, valuation, news, and more:

https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/GOOG/financials?p=GOOG


CNN's Tech site features links to several articles and videos about Alphabet's structure and leadership:

https://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/what-is-googles-new-alphabet/index.html


In December 2018, Business Insider provided an update on the Google/Alphabet restructuring:

https://www.businessinsider.com/alphabet-google-company-list-2017-4

One day after the restructuring announcement, analysts from The Verge recorded this analysis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVtMbhCV3YE


At the Fortune Global Forum 2015, Larry Page answered questions about the restructuring:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blAOPCNCszM

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