Hp's Printer Unit: From Rule Breaker To Role Model

Hewlett-Packard Co. isn't known for going out on a limb. But in the early 1980s, when then HP Vice-President Richard A. Hackborn and his team of engineers decided that there was a huge potential market for inexpensive laser printers to work with personal computers, they threw away the rule book. That worked so well that the Boise (Idaho)-based printer business now serves as something of a model for the rest of HP.

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