Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2008 (Revised October 2010)

Sara Campbell Ltd. (A)

by Romana Autrey, V.G. Narayanan and Julia Rozovsky


Describes a situation in which Sara Campbell, the CEO of a women's apparel company, must decide how to resolve the tense relationship with her Financial Controller and ex-brother-in-law, Stephen Holt. Holt was employed by Campbell for 10 years, took on the majority of financial responsibilities for the firm, and knew the business very well. Although he was bright, Campbell was often disappointed by his poor judgment and disorderly nature. By 1999, two incidents by Holt forced Campbell to question how she should proceed in terms of his employment. Students are given context to debate whether Holt's behavior was detrimental enough to overshadow a successful ten-year working relationship and his monetary obligations to Campbell's immediate family.

Keywords: Accounting; Judgments; Governance Controls; Employee Relationship Management; Behavior; Apparel and Accessories Industry;


Autrey, Romana, V.G. Narayanan, and Julia Rozovsky. "Sara Campbell Ltd. (A)." Harvard Business School Case 108-070, January 2008. (Revised October 2010.)