Describes the history of Energis, one of the UK’s largest alternative telecommunications network service providers (Altnet). Follows the company from its birth as a diversification move by the National Grid, the UK’s leading power utilities boosted by its dramatic growth, partly through the Internet boom to its final collapse. Demonstrates the impact of major exogenous regulatory, technological and demand shocks in an organization and highlights how these can be exaggerat … Read more »

Describes the history of Energis, one of the UK’s largest alternative telecommunications network service providers (Altnet). Follows the company from its birth as a diversification move by the National Grid, the UK’s leading power utilities boosted by its dramatic growth, partly through the Internet boom to its final collapse. Demonstrates the impact of major exogenous regulatory, technological and demand shocks to an organization and shows how these can be exaggerated by endogenous factors such as strategy, organizational structure and systems.
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John R. Wells
Source: Harvard Business School
21 pages.
Publication Date: Apr 22, 2003. Prod #: 703 505 PDF-ENG
Energis (A) HBR case solution