Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2002 (Revised April 2003)

Computer Associates International, Inc.: Governance and Investor Communication Challenge

by Paul M. Healy and Krishna G. Palepu

Abstract

Sanjay Kumar, the CEO of Computer Associates, faces investor communication challenges following the company's implementation of a new business model and the accompanying change method used to recognize revenue. Despite management's confidence that the new business model is working effectively, the firm's stock price falls significantly and a major shareholder challenges management through a proxy contest.

Keywords: Business Earnings; Earnings Management; Stock Shares; Problems and Challenges; Communication Strategy; Accrual Accounting; Business Model; Budgets and Budgeting; Corporate Governance; Revenue; Computer Industry; Information Technology Industry;

Citation:

Healy, Paul M., and Krishna G. Palepu. "Computer Associates International, Inc.: Governance and Investor Communication Challenge." Harvard Business School Case 103-007, July 2002. (Revised April 2003.)