Why Is Microsoft Ceo Steve Ballmer Stepping Down?

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| Why is Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stepping down? | Strategic Management BUS4040 Assignment 1 | | | 赵睿10302001432013/10/15 |

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Introduction
Two months ago (August 23, 2013), there was an announcement from Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, declared that he would retire in the next 12 months, which had attracted much public attention because of its sudden.
It was neither planned nor as smooth as portrayed. The interview with many people inside and outside the company indicate that Ballmer had not aimed to leave this soon and especially after the recent restructuring of the company that he had intensely planned. However, Ballmer’s timeline had been moved up drastically. The nine-member board, including his longtime partner and Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates all agreed that it was best if he left sooner than later.
It seems that it was due to a number of increasingly problematic issues on the immediate horizon, including a potentially nasty proxy fight, continued business performance declines, and Ballmer’s leadership was becoming a very obvious problem.
In this report, I will analyze this issue by the following aspects, which includes the background of Steve Ballmer, the development of Microsoft these years and current situation about the company. Background of Steve Ballmer Ballmer, 57, who came to Microsoft in 1980 as its first business manager, was the first CEO after founder Bill Gates left the post in 2000.
Steve Ballmer was born in Detroit, and he grew up in the community of Farmington Hills, Michigan. In 1977, he graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in applied mathematics and economics. Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980, the first business manager hired by Bill Gates.
During college, Ballmer had outstanding performance. He managed the football team, worked on The Harvard Crimson newspaper as…...

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