Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2007 (Revised February 2008)

Ericsson: Leading in Times of Change

by Das Narayandas, Vincent Marie Dessain, Daniela Beyersdorfer and Anders Sjoman


After its dramatic corporate turnaround, the Swedish telecom infrastructure company Ericsson hires a new CEO to bring the former Swedish flagship company back on track. Puts students in the shoes of Carl-Henric Svanberg, an industry outsider and CEO of locks group Assy Abloy, who does not hesitate a moment when he gets the call in early 2003. Looks back on the reasons for Ericsson's current situation and the recent restructuring programs that cut the company's staff and operating expenses in half. Presents Svanberg's vision for how to re-energize the ailing company and reach profitability once again, and gives students the opportunity to debate these issues.

Keywords: Restructuring; Profit; Leading Change; Goals and Objectives; Managerial Roles; Organizational Change and Adaptation; Problems and Challenges; Sweden;


Narayandas, Das, Vincent Marie Dessain, Daniela Beyersdorfer, and Anders Sjoman. "Ericsson: Leading in Times of Change." Harvard Business School Case 507-074, June 2007. (Revised February 2008.)