Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2000 (Revised December 2001)

AirTex Aviation

by Brian J. Hall and Carleen Madigan


Two young and inexperienced MBAs buy a virtually bankrupt company. They design a decentralized control system organized around profit centers. As a case in control systems, there is ample detail for a discussion of design issues, control of independent profit centers, and details about decentralized control. A rewritten version of an earlier case.

Keywords: Air Transportation; Management Systems; Insolvency and Bankruptcy; Air Transportation Industry;


Hall, Brian J., and Carleen Madigan. "AirTex Aviation." Harvard Business School Case 800-269, April 2000. (Revised December 2001.)