Former Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee (C) leaves after his trial at a Seoul court in this file photo taken October 10, 2008. As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership ... more 
Former Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee (C) leaves after his trial at a Seoul court in this file photo taken October 10, 2008. As its smartphone sales stutter and a generational leadership succession looms, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is under pressure to reinvent itself - to be more innovative, but not lose the rigor and focus that made it a global powerhouse. Samsung last month posted an unexpectedly sharp drop in second-quarter earnings, squeezed by falling market share in smartphones, and with no obvious driver in sight to reverse the decline. Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has famously managed Samsung with a sense of "permanent crisis", remains hospitalised following a May heart attack. The ascension of his son and heir-apparent, the Harvard-educated Jay Y. Lee, 46, could be a breath of fresh air, but effecting wholesale change in the way the sprawling company operates would be a Herculean task and could prove a mistake. To Match Insight SAMSUNG ELEC-CULTURE/ REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak/Files (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: BUSINESS) less 
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