Rise of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 1962-1987

Case Analysis

It’s 1988 and David Glass has just been made CEO of the legendary Sam Walton at Wal-Mart. Meanwhile, Joe Antonini has only made the position of CEO at Wal-Mart rivals, Kmart. Although Wal-Mart is still far behind Kmart, it seems to be in good shape and quickly outdated. Glass seems determined to continue with “business as usual”. Is that enough? What could Kmart to stop him?

It’s 1988 and David Glass has just been made CEO of the legendary Sam Walton at Wal-Mart. Meanwhile, Joe Antonini has only made the position of CEO at Wal-Mart rivals, Kmart. Although Wal-Mart is still far behind Kmart, it seems to be in good shape and quickly outdated. Glass seems determined to continue with “business as usual”. Is that enough? What could Kmart to stop him?
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from
Travis Haglock,
John R. Wells
Source: Harvard Business School
28 pages.
Release Date: 5th September 2006. Prod #: 707439-PDF-ENG
Rise of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 1962-1987 HBR case solution