Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2004 (Revised July 2005)

Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

by Jay W. Lorsch, Dwight B. Crane and Ashley Robertson


Raises issues about how the nature and function of a board changes as a company moves from ownership by its employees, including the founder, to ownership by a private equity firm, Fremont Partners, culminating in a highly successful IPO. Gives students the opportunity to consider changes in board membership, board duties, and responsibilities. Teaching Purpose: To enable students to think about improving corporate governance at a specific company.

Keywords: Private Equity; Governing and Advisory Boards; Initial Public Offering; Behavior; Organizations; Employee Ownership; Health Care and Treatment; Medical Devices and Supplies Industry; Health Industry; United States;


Lorsch, Jay W., Dwight B. Crane, and Ashley Robertson. "Kinetic Concepts, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 405-042, October 2004. (Revised July 2005.)