Can't say I'm too surprised by any of this... and part of this does seem to me to be classic "bandwagon" effect: when things are going well, people are enthusiastic and big fans and when things aren't going so well... not so much.
I think it's hard for even the most die-hard Nokia fans to be very supportive nowadays. These are tough times.
But if Nokia recovers and gets back on the right track, I wouldn't be surprised to see that Nokia suddenly re-emerged as a strong source of Finnish pride.
Nokia is a company that lives in a market that changes every moment. By change I meant it can go upwards from its current state in no time. Let us wait and see Finnish connection strengthen more next time :-)
This is saddening in a way. You never want to see a nation hurt by the decline of one company's sales and profits. I knew Nokia was large in Finland but had no idea that it was considered such a national icon. That's a big image to live up to in the wake of the recession. It is unfortunate that Nokia had to layoff so many employees but I understand that they need to do what they must in order to improve their numbers. I'm sure Nokia could have done things differently to begin with to prevent such a massive layoff. It seems that it is the lowest person on the totem pole that feels the weight of the ax.
Since the emergent of Android's technology innovation in the world market many high- tech firms especially phone makers have been struggling to cope with fiercer competitiveness in the market of smartphone.
Indeed the latest development in whirlwind of smartphone industry may not be felt much until the next few years. Current situation with Nokia and its global headquarter - Finland, far more than sad.
In my opinion, if Nokia is relocating to California, it may be corporate office and production plant remains in Finland. Am i foreseen acquisition coming from Microsoft? Who knows?
Susan, you are right. Not only Finland peoples, every mobile phone users have the same feelings. Some time backs, “Mobile=Nokia”, that’s the equation they maintained by catering the market requirements. Now they are nowhere either in smart phone or basic phone market. This may be due to mismanagement or some other reasons. Hope they will do something for their brand lovers and well wishers.
It is a big blow on Finns, but NOKIA might take this decision because they are already felling the pinch of being left behind in the smartphone race. With fall in their market share as they face strong competition from RIM, Apple, and Android, may be this is their means to focus on their future products.
I can understand Finland’s current discontent for Nokia. With all these changes going on, laying off thousands of workers and then getting slapped in the face by having a new plant go up in Vietnam. On the other hand, I do understand that Nokia's CEO is trying to save the company, and that means upsetting some people. Nokia is still a global player in the handset game, granted not as powerful as they were. In order to get back into the game they need to shake things up, even if it upsets some of their biggest fans, the Finnish people.
Try to see it this way: If the top company of a nation is contributing to its home country's unemployment at the same time its creating 10,000 jobs somewhere else, the ones who lost their jobs are quite unlike to feel enthusiastic.
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