"...an egalitarian, decentralized system that came to be known as
'the HP Way.' The essence of the idea, radical at the time, was that
employees' brainpower was the company's most important resource. ...one of the first all-company profit-sharing plans... gave shares to
all employees... among the first to offer tuition assistance, flex time, and job sharing..."
– Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek
"The garage was left behind... So too were the audio oscillator and thousands of other products – all abandoned in
the endless pursuit of something better. Only the people remained, and they were cherished and respected..."
– Michael Malone, Forbes
"Somehow, we got into a discussion of the responsibility of management. Holden made the point that management's responsibility is to the shareholders –
that's the end of it. And I objected. I said, 'I think you're absolutely wrong. Management has a responsibility to its employees, it has a responsibility to its
customers, it has a responsibility to the community at large.' And they almost laughed me out of the room."
– David Packard, Stanford Magazine
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