Direction of Arrow between Cash Cow and Star Incorrect?

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Direction of Arrow between Cash Cow and Star Incorrect?
Trishit Chatterjee
I think the Cash Cow (with excess dollars) should fund the star which is cash hungry (high working capital needs). So I think the arrow should flow from the cash cow to the star.
 

 
Direction of Arrows is OK
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
The arrows are not indicating cash flows, but they represent the direction in which the company should try to move each product.
If you would like to add arrows to indictae cash flows, then there would be an arrow:
- from cash cow to star
- from cash cow to question mark
- from dog to star
- from dog to question mark.
 

 
The Arrows Shown in the Diagram
R.C. Natarajan, Professor of Marketing, India, Member
The arrows show how normally an SBU navigates over time. Normally, in a competitive scenario, a new sbu starts as a "?", fights and becomes a leader and hence a "star". With the plc, the market growth rate falls with saturation and hence the SBU moves to "cash cow". These arrows do not pertain to the funding direction, please note. If we talk about funding direction, your suggestions are perfectly correct.
 

     
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