Mobile device maker Psion became a social enterprise as a side effect of a strategic move toward inviting partners and open source hackers into the creation of new products.
Based in London, Psion has been in business since 1980 and was among the pioneers in developing mobile computing devices, particularly ruggedized versions for use in industrial settings. But the current "open source mobility" strategy the company is pursuing is part of a turnaround strategy of CEO John Conoley, who joined the company in 2008 to repair its lackluster corporate performance. Something seems to be working better now because the company reported a 5.7 million pound profit ($9.32 million) for 2010, compared with a 3.1 million pound loss ($5.07 million) for 2009.
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