Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2006 (Revised March 2007)

Recruitment of a Star

by Boris Groysberg, Stephen Balog and Jennifer Haimson


Details power dynamics that unfold in the firm when one of its best and brightest threatens to leave. It focuses on the dynamics of attracting, hiring, compensating, negotiating, and leveraging a star performer in a professional service firm. In particular, traces the detailed events from the resignation of a star to the manager's struggle to decide which of the eligible candidates should be hired. Four candidates and their firms are discussed in great detail. The case allows students to consider both individual (e.g., background, aspirations, attitudes, past short-term and long-term performance) and organizational (e.g., cultures, strategies, structures, performance management systems) factors in choosing a candidate to maximize individual-organization fit.

Keywords: Talent and Talent Management; Compensation and Benefits; Recruitment; Resignation and Termination; Selection and Staffing; Job Interviews;


Groysberg, Boris, Stephen Balog, and Jennifer Haimson. "Recruitment of a Star." Harvard Business School Case 407-036, September 2006. (Revised March 2007.)