Sun Hydraulics, 32-year global hydraulic engineering and manufacturing company in Sarasota, Florida headquarters, faced difficult decisions due to the economic downturn in 2001. The corporate governance debate as to maintain profitability and reduce labor costs without destroying the company’s innovative culture based on horizontal management and has no defined organizational hierarchy. This case contains an overview of the history of the company from its founding in 1970 to its IPO in 1997 … Read more »

Sun Hydraulics, 32-year global hydraulic engineering and manufacturing company in Sarasota, Florida headquarters, faced difficult decisions due to the economic downturn in 2001. The corporate governance debate as to maintain profitability and reduce labor costs without destroying the company’s innovative culture based on horizontal management and has no defined organizational hierarchy. This case contains an overview of the history of the company from its founding in 1970 to its IPO in 1997, and asks the students in the shoes of Allen Carlson, Sun’s president and CEO, recommend specific step to cost-actions.
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Linda A. Hill,
Jennifer M. sweetness
Source: HBS
17 pages.
Release date: 06 May 2003. Prod #: 403139-PDF-ENG
Sun Hydraulics: Leading in challenging times (A) (Abridged) HBR case solution

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