Examines the career of Aristotle Onassis and his creation of the world’s largest shipping companies in 1945-1973. Examines the role of ethnic and familial networks in Greek shipowner Onassis and how this system could despite being an outsider to penetrate. Looks at Onassis’ role as a strategic innovator in flags and supertankers. Examines the dynamics of competitive advantage in the shipping industry as well as the strengths and weaknesses of family-owned companies. Ends with the … Read more »

Examines the career of Aristotle Onassis and his creation of the world’s largest shipping companies in 1945-1973. Examines the role of ethnic and familial networks in Greek shipowner Onassis and how this system could despite being an outsider to penetrate. Looks at Onassis’ role as a strategic innovator in flags and supertankers. Examines the dynamics of competitive advantage in the shipping industry as well as the strengths and weaknesses of family-owned companies. Ends with the death of their only son Onassis in 1973 and the resulting vacuum in a row.
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Geoffrey G. Jones,
Paul Gomopoulos
Source: Harvard Business School
20 pages.
Release Date: 23 May, 2005. Prod #: 805141-PDF-ENG
Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping HBR case solution

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