Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2008 (Revised October 2011)

The Redgrove Axial Workshop

by Michel Anteby and Mikell Hyman


Marc Fontaine, a new manager at a global manufacturing concern, is on a fast-track to a senior managerial position. One morning, in a storage room, he discovers some ornamental artifacts made with the same materials used for official production. He suspects workers have been making these items with company materials. At that moment, a worker enters the room to fetch a tool. Fontaine asks him what is going on with these items, but the worker claims ignorance and quickly leaves. Fontaine is meeting his boss and the plant director that afternoon. What should he do? Say something? Pretend nothing happened? This case deals with group dynamics, informal behaviors, and ethics at work.

Keywords: Ethics; Managerial Roles; Production; Groups and Teams; Behavior;


Anteby, Michel, and Mikell Hyman. "The Redgrove Axial Workshop." Harvard Business School Case 409-034, August 2008. (Revised October 2011.)