KWS (A): The Roots Of Independence Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

IMD-3-1570 © 2008
Schwass; Joachim; Ward, John; Lief, Colleen

KWS SAAT AG (KWS) was a manager in sugar beet; corn and cereal seed breeding; in service in 70 nations; utilizing over 2,700 individuals and reporting incomes of $724 million in FY 2006/07. Through the years; the 2 households ran the company together and moved through succeeding generations of hands-on management. The possibility to ensure the households' monetary future for generations to come was appealing.

The household leader saw retirement on the horizon. How could the household make sure that their values would continue to direct the company's operations; even possibly in the absence of day-today household management?

Subjects: Industry consolidation; Change; Strategy; Corporate culture; Joint ventures; Leadership transition; Family business
Settings: Germany; Global; Seed cultivation and trait development for agricultural industry; US$724 million revenues in 2006/07; 2005 (1856-2008)

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