Case | HBS Case Collection | July 1998 (Revised May 2005)

Anderson Steel Service, Inc.

by John A. Davis


Explores the management of family and business issues and helps to identify a range of topics with which families in business wrestle. Describes a dilemma faced by sixty-eight-year-old Charles Anderson, the semi-retired founder of the company and the father of three sons who work with him. Charles's youngest son, Peter, who recently joined the company, is proposing that the company do long-term planning and is suggesting ideas that he believes will improve the company's customer service. His brothers have routinely turned down Peter's proposals, and tension among the three brothers is growing. Charles wants to resolve the growing tension among his sons.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Family Business; Problems and Challenges; Business or Company Management; Family and Family Relationships; Strategy; Steel Industry;


Davis, John A. "Anderson Steel Service, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 899-011, July 1998. (Revised May 2005.)