Kodak's journey in digital photography - an insider's perspective

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Joint IEEE Rochester Section and Santa Clara Valley Section: TEMS Meeting


This month, Prof. Willy Shih of Harvard Business School will share his insider’s perspective on Kodak’s journey in digital photography, based on his experience as senior vice president at Eastman Kodak Company from 1997 to 2005, where he was president of Digital & Applied Imaging (Consumer Digital), president of Display & Components, and head of Corporate Intellectual Property Strategy.

For more background information, please review this article: “The Real Lessons From Kodak’s Decline” by Willy Shih (MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer 2016). And review this video interview: “The Kodak Moment: Why it Didn’t Last” featuring Willy Shih and Allen Webb (recorded at the Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age conference on March 23, 2017).

In this on-line meeting, we will watch excerpts of the video interview “The Kodak Moment: Why it Didn’t Last”, and then we will interact with Willy Shih in a Q&A session. Please send questions for Willy to the facilitator prior to the meeting.

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Facilitator: The facilitator of this meeting will be Edmund Cheng, Chair of TEMS Silicon Valley Chapter. Ed started his career as a chip designer at Intel, and then moved into the computer-aided design and electronic design automation software field, where he founded several start-up companies. Over 40 years, he has held various engineering, marketing and executive positions in several large and medium-size Silicon Valley companies. He has served on the board of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. Ed is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 01 Sep 2022
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Prof. Willy Shih Prof. Willy Shih of Harvard Business School


Willy Shih is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is part of the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and he teaches in the MBA and Executive Education Programs.

Willy’s expertise is in manufacturing, supply chains, and product development. He has written or co-authored numerous cases and teaching materials in a wide range of industries. His book, “Producing Prosperity – Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance,” co-authored with Gary Pisano, has called attention to the link between manufacturing and innovation. His paper on the challenges of reshoring was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of the Sloan Management Review, and his Summer 2020 paper, “Is it time to Rethink Global Supply Chains” was the most popular article of the year.

Prior to coming to HBS in 2007, Willy spent 28 years in industry. Reporting to him have been manufacturing and distribution operations around the world, as well as global sales and marketing operations.

Address:Boston, Massachusetts, United States


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (New York Time): Introduction and Chat/Q&A

This will be a Zoom meeting. Instructions for joining the meeting will be sent to registrants before the meeting.