Case | HBS Case Collection | March 1990 (Revised November 1999)

MCI Communications: Planning for the 1990s

by Robert L. Simons and Hilary Weston


Concentrates on the evolution of MCI's strategy-setting process following a period of dramatic growth. Opportunistic strategies during MCI's early years have given top managers a dislike of formal strategic planning and a strongly-held belief in top down strategy setting. Questions whether the nature of planning will have to change as the company passes $6 billion in sales and is faced with increasing global competition.

Keywords: Globalization; Growth and Development; Planning; Strategic Planning; Growth Management; Business or Company Management; Competition; Alignment; Communications Industry;


Simons, Robert L., and Hilary Weston. "MCI Communications: Planning for the 1990s." Harvard Business School Case 190-136, March 1990. (Revised November 1999.)