Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2004 (Revised May 2005)

Confronting a Necessary Evil: The Firing of Alex Robins (A)

by Joshua D. Margolis

Abstract

A manager recounts his experience firing the person he was asked to replace and reflects on the challenges of the experience. Teaching Purpose: To role-play and reflect on tasks that entail harming other people to fulfill one's responsibility.

Keywords: Ethics; Problems and Challenges; Leadership Development; Behavior; Decision Making; Resignation and Termination;

Citation:

Margolis, Joshua D. "Confronting a Necessary Evil: The Firing of Alex Robins (A)." Harvard Business School Case 404-125, April 2004. (Revised May 2005.)