Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2003 (Revised October 2006)

George McClelland at KSR (A)

by Joshua D. Margolis, Ayesha Kanji and Wan Wong

Abstract

George McClelland accepts a position as the chief administrative officer/chief operating officer at Kendall Square Research (KSR), a fledgling computer company that is taking its promising parallel computer technology to market. McClelland is a veteran of the computer industry, has previously worked with members of KSR's executive management team, and is familiar with KSR's product. He is offered an exciting opportunity to navigate the company through its upcoming growth phase. The case lays out the company's context and history, its technology and market, its central strategic challenges, and consolidated financial data. Also details McClelland's background and initial impressions of KSR.

Keywords: History; Technological Innovation; Leadership; Business History; Accounting; Problems and Challenges; Business Strategy; Growth and Development; Computer Industry; Technology Industry;

Citation:

Margolis, Joshua D., Ayesha Kanji, and Wan Wong. "George McClelland at KSR (A)." Harvard Business School Case 403-163, June 2003. (Revised October 2006.)