Case | HBS Case Collection | May 1985 (Revised November 1990)

Spinnaker Software Corp.

by Howard H. Stevenson


Describes the problems faced by a company that has experienced remarkable growth, but growth which is below projections. The management must evaluate the company's position in the turbulent software industry. The two partners must then decide whether to cut back to obtain more quick profitability or else to continue on a growth plan which can either lead to dominance or bankruptcy. The cash requirements will require outside funding.

Keywords: Decisions; Borrowing and Debt; Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Profit; Growth and Development; Growth and Development Strategy; Problems and Challenges; Software; Information Technology Industry;


Stevenson, Howard H. "Spinnaker Software Corp." Harvard Business School Case 385-252, May 1985. (Revised November 1990.)