Quite true. Most American companies have to show more revenue and profits than what they got in the previous quarter, else the shareholders will scream bloody murder. However, the Asian companies have got it right: profits don't matter. Marketshare does. Once you have control over the market bordering on the monopolistic, you can charge what you feel like. They also make long term investments (like Samsung in TFA). On the other hand, you have companies like HP whose operations seem to be planned on a day-to-day basis. Even then, they have trouble sticking to their plans (or CEOs).