Case | HBS Case Collection | October 1997 (Revised January 2008)

Asda (A)

by Michael Beer and James Weber

Abstract

In the mid-1980s, Asda was one of the most successful retail companies in the United Kingdom. By 1991, the chain of 200 grocery stores had a lack of direction, a demoralized workforce, declining profits, rising debt, collapsing stock price, and was facing bankruptcy. This case describes the company's downfall and introduces Archie Norman, a young, highly talented chief executive, hired to restore the company.

Keywords: Restructuring; Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Crisis Management; Management Teams; Business Strategy; Retail Industry; Food and Beverage Industry; United Kingdom;

Citation:

Beer, Michael, and James Weber. "Asda (A)." Harvard Business School Case 498-005, October 1997. (Revised January 2008.)