Case | HBS Case Collection | November 1999 (Revised June 2001)

Compaq Computer Corporation: The DEC Acquisition

by Carliss Y. Baldwin and Barbara Feinberg

Abstract

Compaq's board of directors is faced with responsibility for setting the price range and terms for the proposed acquisition of Digital Equipment Corp. The transaction is described in the context of the rapidly evolving markets and business models of the computer industry. Financial data on Compaq, Dell Computer, and DEC are provided.

Keywords: Governing and Advisory Boards; Situation or Environment; Negotiation Offer; Acquisition; Computer Industry;

Citation:

Baldwin, Carliss Y., and Barbara Feinberg. "Compaq Computer Corporation: The DEC Acquisition." Harvard Business School Case 800-199, November 1999. (Revised June 2001.)