Advice for Motorola

Businessweek has some advice for Motorola.

So where should you start? First, you'll have to decide which businesses Motorola should still be in. The $26.7 billion company now has six — cell phones, semiconductors, wireless networks, broadband communications, government and industrial systems, and smart electronics that integrate mobile networks with cars. You're right to stick to the decision to spin off the $4.8 billion semiconductor unit, SPS Spinco Inc. The business sucks in too many resources, and, frankly, its performance isn't strong enough to make it worth your while to try and fix it.

No doubt Ed Zander faces some tough problems. Motorola has its hand in too many things. If Zander refocuses on Motorola's strenghts, there may be some hope for the company.

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